[ kat-i-kist ]
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  1. a person who catechizes.

  2. 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, originally to din down, i.e. to get results by shouting (kat-cata- + ēcheîn to sound) + istēs-ist

Other words from catechist

  • cat·e·chis·tic, cat·e·chis·ti·cal, adjective
  • cat·e·chis·ti·cal·ly, adverb
  • non·cat·e·chis·tic, adjective
  • non·cat·e·chis·ti·cal, adjective

Words Nearby catechist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use catechist in a sentence

  • I shall have to lay myself open to such a catechist, and I am not sure that I am prepared to do it.'

    North and South | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • Juffrouw Laps arose; and the catechist van der Gracht with his son walked into the room.

    Walter Pieterse | Multatuli
  • Henley once described Stevenson as something of the sensualist, and something of the Shorter catechist.

  • A clever catechist made him an imposing-stone out of two boulders of basalt found in a river-bed hard by.

    The Long White Cloud | William Pember Reeves
  • "I know no sic-like name in this countryside, sir," and the catechist looked disappointed.

    Huntingtower | John Buchan