catechism

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From Late Latin catechismus, from Ancient Greek *κατηχισμός (katēkhismós, katēkhismos), from κατηχίζω (katēkhízō, to catechize), a later extended form of κατηχέω (katēkhéō, to catechize, instruct, teach by word of mouth), from κατά (katá, down) + ἠχέω (ēkhéō, to sound, to resound).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈkætɪˌkɪzəm/

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catechism (plural catechisms)

  1. A book, in question and answer form, summarizing the basic principles of Christianity.
  2. A basic manual in some subject.
  3. A set of questions designed to determine knowledge.
    • 1925, Countee Cullen, Yet Do I Marvel
      Inscrutable His ways are, and immune
      To catechism by a mind too strewn
      With petty cares to slightly understand
      What awful brain compels His awful hand.

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