[kris-uh n-duh m]


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

Examples from the Web for christendom

Contemporary Examples of christendom

  • Remember the days of post-9/11 civilizational war, of weltkampf between Islam and Christendom?

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    Breaking: Jihadis Still Hate Art

    Michael Moynihan

    February 6, 2014

  • Indeed, all the popes in history – even the African popes of early Christendom – have come from north of the line.

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    Southern Discomfort in Election of Pope

    Christopher Dickey, Mac Margolis

    March 13, 2013

  • And that is what the perception is by the American left, who hates Christendom.

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    10 Outrageous Things Rick Santorum Has Said

    The Daily Beast

    February 20, 2012

  • Among them are the 96 members of the United States Senate, perhaps the windiest and most tedious group of men in Christendom.

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    David Frum

    February 3, 2012

Historical Examples of christendom

  • In a hundred things, I think London quite the finest town of Christendom.

    Homeward Bound

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • There goes a Polish Count who is one of the greatest gamblers in Christendom.

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • And why drag this dead weight of a Sunday-school over the whole Christendom?

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • I thought I had made the acquaintance of all the perpetual curates in Christendom.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • How should a wife not love her man, the wisest, canniest prince in Christendom, too!

    Two Penniless Princesses

    Charlotte M. Yonge

British Dictionary definitions for christendom



the collective body of Christians throughout the world or throughout history
an obsolete word for Christianity
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper