[ kat-i-kyoo-muhn ]
/ ˌkæt ɪˈkyu mən /
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Ecclesiastical. a person under instruction in the rudiments of Christianity, as in the early church; a neophyte.
a person being taught the elementary facts, principles, etc., of any subject.
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Origin of catechumen
1325–75; <Late Latin catēchūmenus<Greek katēchoúmenos (one who is) being taught orally, equivalent to katēche-, stem of katēcheîn to teach orally (see catechist) + -omenos middle present participle suffix; replacing Middle English cathecumyn<Middle French cathecumine<Late Latin, as above
OTHER WORDS FROM catechumencat·e·chu·me·nal, cat·e·chu·men·i·cal [kat-i-kyoo-men-i-kuhl], /ˌkæt ɪ kyuˈmɛn ɪ kəl/, adjectivecat·e·chu·men·i·cal·ly, adverbcat·e·chu·me·nate [kat-i-kyoo-muh-neyt, -nit], /ˌkæt ɪˈkyu məˌneɪt, -nɪt/, nouncat·e·chu·men·ism, noun
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How to use catechumen in a sentence
The long probation called “abstinence” which led up to it is a survival of the primitive catechumenate with its scrutinies.
About the year 300, those desirous of being baptized were (a) admitted to the catechumenate, giving in their names to the bishop.
These two rites really begin the catechumenate or period of instruction in the faith and discipline of the church.
British Dictionary definitions for catechumen
/ (ˌkætɪˈkjuːmɛn) /
Christianity a person, esp in the early Church, undergoing instruction prior to baptism
Derived forms of catechumencatechumenal or catechumenical (ˌkætəkjʊˈmɛnɪkəl), adjectivecatechumenate, nouncatechumenism, noun
Word Origin for catechumen
C15: via Old French, from Late Latin, from Greek katēkhoumenos one being instructed verbally, from katēkhein; see catechize
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