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[kris-uh n-duh m]
  1. Christians collectively.
  2. the Christian world.
  3. Christianity.
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Origin of Christendom

before 900; Middle English; Old English cristendōm. See Christian, -dom
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  • 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


  1. the collective body of Christians throughout the world or throughout history
  2. 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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