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Etymology 1[edit]

First attested around the turn of the sixteenth century. The origin is uncertain; derivation is perhaps from the Ancient Greek καταιγίζω (kataigízō, I rush down like a storm), from καταιγίς (kataigís, a storm descending from above”, figuratively “battle).

Alternative forms[edit]


categise (third-person singular simple present categises, present participle categising, simple past and past participle categised)

  1. (rare) Thrash (verbally or physically).
    • 1580–1615, an unknown source, quoted in: Henk Gras, All Semblative a Woman’s Part? (1991), page 241:
      Conceale your qualitie till we be private; if your parts be worthie of me, I will countenance you, if not, categize you.
    • 1962, The Philosopher XIII, page 49:
      Thus he categised the churches of his day as “The mills of Satan”, where men “in his synagogues worship Satan under the unalterable name”.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:categise.

Etymology 2[edit]

See catechism.


categise (uncountable)

  1. (archaic, rare) Eye dialect spelling of catechism.
    • 1821, D.P. Campbell, Harley Radington I, ch. xxii, p. 225:
      “Oh, sir, I’ll answer ten thousand, gin ye like till ask them, as carefully and pointedly as if I wir saying my categise.”