to instruct orally by means of questions and answers, especially in Christian doctrine.
to question with reference to belief.
to question closely.
- Also especially British, cat·e·chise .
- cat·e·chiz·a·ble, adjective
- cat·e·chi·za·tion, noun
- cat·e·chiz·er, noun
- un·cat·e·chized, adjective
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How to use catechize in a sentence
If Ministers are bound to catechize; then people are bound to be catechized.A Vindication of the Presbyteriall-Government and Ministry | Ministers and Elders of the London Provinciall Assembly
In a moment the car was again in motion, but the driver, a man of fifty or thereabouts, found time to catechize his guest.The Bail Jumper | Robert J. C. Stead
Fletcher, however, still found means to catechize the children and to hold meetings in private.Fletcher of Madeley | Frederic W. Macdonald
I do not mean to allow him to catechize me unless he pays back for it in kind.The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume Three | Abraham Lincoln
It was not a moment for me to catechize him, though I could see that he was utterly deluded.The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete | George Meredith
British Dictionary definitions for catechize
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)
- catechist, catechizer or catechiser, noun
- catechistic or catechistical, adjective
- catechistically, adverb
- catechization or catechisation, noun
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