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[kris-uh n-duh m] /ˈkrɪs ən dəm/
Christians collectively.
the Christian world.
Origin of Christendom
before 900; Middle English; Old English cristendōm. See Christian, -dom Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In a hundred things, I think London quite the finest town of Christendom.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • There goes a Polish Count who is one of the greatest gamblers in Christendom.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • And why drag this dead weight of a Sunday-school over the whole Christendom?

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • I thought I had made the acquaintance of all the perpetual curates in Christendom.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • How should a wife not love her man, the wisest, canniest prince in Christendom, too!

    Two Penniless Princesses Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Not all the sauces in Christendom could have made it so piquant and appetizing.

    An Orkney Maid Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
British Dictionary definitions for Christendom


the collective body of Christians throughout the world or throughout history
an obsolete word for Christianity
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Christendom

Old English cristendom "Christianity, state of being a Christian," from cristen (see Christian) + -dom, suffix of condition or quality. The native formation, crowded out by Latinate Christianity except for sense "lands where Christianity is the dominant religion" (late 14c.). Similar formations in Scandinavian languages.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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