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catechumen

[ kat-i-kyoo-muhn ]
/ ˌkæt ɪˈkyu mən /
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noun

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
cat·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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British Dictionary definitions for catechumen

catechumen
/ (ˌkætɪˈkjuːmɛn) /

noun

Christianity a person, esp in the early Church, undergoing instruction prior to baptism
catechumenal or catechumenical (ˌkætəkjʊˈmɛnɪkəl), adjectivecatechumenate, nouncatechumenism, noun
C15: via Old French, from Late Latin, from Greek katēkhoumenos one being instructed verbally, from katēkhein; see catechize
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