Definition of catechism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

catechism

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈkætəkɪzəm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkætəkɪzəm//
 
[usually singular]
 
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a set of questions and answers that are used for teaching people about the beliefs of the Christian religion Word Origin early 16th cent.: from ecclesiastical Latin catechismus, from ecclesiastical Greek, from katēkhizein from katēkhein ‘instruct orally, make hear’.
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