- to instruct orally by means of questions and answers, especially in Christian doctrine.
- to question with reference to belief.
- to question closely.
Origin of catechize
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Examples from the Web for catechise
One evening Felicite took him into a corner and tired to catechise him.The Fortune of the Rougons
I cannot suppose that he would venture to catechise McNeice.The Red Hand of Ulster
George A. Birmingham
Catechise him straight through, and his response was swift and accurate.St. Cuthbert's
Robert E. Knowles
What right, therefore, have you to catechise me as to my goings and comings?On the Heels of De Wet</p>
The Intelligence Officer
She could not catechise him, and force his confidence on this subject of all others.Robert Elsmere
Mrs. Humphry Ward
- to teach or examine by means of questions and answers
- to give oral instruction in Christianity, esp by using a catechism
- to put questions to (someone)
Word Origin and History for catechise
early 15c., from Church Latin catechizare "to teach by word of mouth" (also source of French catéchiser, Spanish catequizar, Italian catechizzare), from Greek katekhizein "teach orally, instruct by word of mouth," from katekhein "to resound" (see catechesis). Related: Catechized; catechizing.