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catechist

[kat-i-kist]
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noun
  1. a person who catechizes.
  2. Ecclesiastical. a person appointed to instruct catechumens in the principles of religion as a preparation for baptism.
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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 formscat·e·chis·tic, cat·e·chis·ti·cal, adjectivecat·e·chis·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·cat·e·chis·tic, adjectivenon·cat·e·chis·ti·cal, adjective
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Word Origin and History for catechistic

catechist

n.

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

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