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[kat-i-kist] /ˈkæt ɪ kɪst/
a person who catechizes.
Ecclesiastical. a person appointed to instruct catechumens in the principles of religion as a preparation for baptism.
Origin of catechist
1555-65; < Late Latin catēchista < Greek katēchistḗs, equivalent to katēch(eîn) to teach by word of mouth, orig. to din down, i.e. to get results by shouting (kat- cata- + ēcheîn to sound) + istēs -ist
Related forms
catechistic, catechistical, adjective
catechistically, adverb
noncatechistic, adjective
noncatechistical, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In 1881 he was elected as the first elder of the church, and in 1887 was appointed a catechist.

    The Choctaw Freedmen Robert Elliott Flickinger
  • After this, he and Nallamuttoo, the catechist, daily instructed me and prayed with me for many weeks.

    Old Daniel Thomas Hodson
  • He was quite blind, and told me he was a catechist, which should have put me at my ease.

    Kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson
  • When I told him of my catechist, he shook his head, and said I was lucky to have got clear off.

    Kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson
  • A catechist can conduct ordinary services, just as a minister can.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
  • Among these priests was an Irish catechist, by the name of Murphy.

  • Let me add to this Archdeacon Bather's account of how he became a catechist.

    The Sabbath-School Index Richard Gay Pardee
  • “Jupiter is long-suffering to the benighted,” returned the catechist.

  • “Jupiter is longsuffering to the benighted,” returned the catechist.

    Fables Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The cream of it is,” says I, “that he called himself a catechist.

Word Origin and History for catechist

1560s, from Church Latin catechista, from Greek katekhistes "one who catechizes," from katekhizein "to teach orally" (see catechize). Related: Catechistic; catechistical.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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