[ kris-uh n-duh m ]
/ ˈkrɪs ən dəm /


Christians collectively.
the Christian world.

Origin of Christendom

before 900; Middle English; Old English cristendōm. See Christian, -dom Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for christendom


/ (ˈkrɪsəndəm) /


the collective body of Christians throughout the world or throughout history
an obsolete word for Christianity
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Word Origin and History for christendom



Old English cristendom "Christianity, state of being a Christian," from cristen (see Christian) + -dom, suffix of condition or quality. The native formation, crowded out by Latinate Christianity except for sense "lands where Christianity is the dominant religion" (late 14c.). Similar formations in Scandinavian languages.

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