catechumen [kat-i- kyoo-m uh n] Examples Word Origin . 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. Origin of catechumen 1325–75;
Late Latin catēchūmenus
(one who is) being taught orally, equivalent to
to teach orally (see
middle present participle suffix; replacing
Middle English cathecumyn
Middle French cathecumine
Related forms cat·e·chu·me·nal, cat·e·chu·men·i·cal , [kat-i-kyoo- men-i-k uh l] /ˌkæt ɪ kyuˈmɛn ɪ kəl/ adjective cat·e·chu·men·i·cal·ly, adverb cat·e·chu·me·nate , [kat-i- kyoo-m uh-neyt, -nit] /ˌkæt ɪˈkyu məˌneɪt, -nɪt/ noun cat·e·chu·men·ism, noun
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Examples from the Web for catechumenate Historical Examples of catechumenate
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 catechumenate Christianity a person, esp in the early Church, undergoing instruction prior to baptism Derived Forms catechumenal or catechumenical ( ˌkætəkjʊˈmɛnɪk), əl adjective catechumenate, noun catechumenism, 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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Word Origin and History for catechumenate catechumen n.
"new convert," 15c., from French
catéchumène, from Church Latin catechumenus, from Greek katekhoumenos "one being instructed," passive present participle of katekhein (see catechesis).
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