an elementary book containing a summary of the principles of the Christian religion, especially as maintained by a particular church, in the form of questions and answers.
the contents of such a book.
a similar book of instruction in other subjects.
a series of formal questions put, as to political candidates, to bring out their views.
- cat·e·chis·mal, adjective
- cataclysm, catechism
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How to use catechism in a sentence
They spent their time helping the poor, working in soup kitchens and shelters, and teaching catechism.Former Nun Mary Johnson Criticizes Vatican Crackdown on U.S. Sisters | Abigail Pesta | April 27, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The part, which was a formidable little volume, was just about twice as long as the Church catechism.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume II (of 3) | Charles James Wills
What is the argument at present going on about taking the Shorter catechism out of the schools?Penelope's Experiences in Scotland | Kate Douglas Wiggin
Public catechism to the children, and religious instruction to all, flowed daily from the mouths of its venerable priests.Wanderings in South America | Charles Waterton
The Major thinks he sees his way out of the fire by sinking catechism in reminiscences.Somehow Good | William de Morgan
He only repeated: "Let us have patience, and wait," with a feeling of relief from possible further catechism.Somehow Good | William de Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for catechism
instruction by a series of questions and answers, esp a book containing such instruction on the religious doctrine of a Christian Church
rigorous and persistent questioning, as in a test or interview
- catechismal, adjective
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