- 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 catechize
Well, go ahead and catechize Topsy; may be you'll make out something yet.Uncle Tom's Cabin
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Every Sabbath we preach in the forenoon and catechize in the afternoon.Religious Life of Virginia in the Seventeenth Century
George MacLaren Brydon
Ive talked with Brede, I said, and I didnt have to catechize him.Short Sixes
H. C. Bunner
You want me to catechize the woman because you are afraid to do so.Wanted: A Cook
But the worst will be to catechize us as if we were witnesses in court.The Brightener
C. N. Williamson
- 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 catechize
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.