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Christianity

[kris-chee-an-i-tee]
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noun, plural Chris·ti·an·i·ties.
  1. the Christian religion, including the Catholic, Protestant, and Eastern Orthodox churches.
  2. Christian beliefs or practices; Christian quality or character: Christianity mixed with pagan elements; the Christianity of Augustine's thought.
  3. a particular Christian religious system: She followed fundamentalist Christianity.
  4. the state of being a Christian.
  5. Christendom.
  6. conformity to the Christian religion or to its beliefs or practices.
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Origin of Christianity

1250–1300; Middle English cristianite < Latin chrīstiānitāt- (stem of chrīstiānitās), equivalent to chrīstiān- Christian + -itāt- -ity; replacing Middle English cristiente < Middle French < Latin, as above
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British Dictionary definitions for christianity

Christianity

noun
  1. the Christian religion
  2. Christian beliefs, practices or attitudes
  3. a less common word for Christendom (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for christianity

Christianity

n.

c.1300, cristente, "Christians as a whole; state of being a Christian," from Old French crestienté "Christendom; spiritual authority; baptism" (Modern French chrétienté), from Church Latin christianitatem (nominative christianitas), noun of state from christianus (see Christian). Gradually respelled to conform with Latin. Christendom is the older word for it. Old English also had cristennes.

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Christianity

The religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Christians (see also Christian) believe that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, sent by God. They believe that Jesus, by dying and rising from the dead, made up for the sin of Adam and thus redeemed the world, allowing all who believe in him to enter heaven. Christians rely on the Bible (see also Bible) as the inspired word of God. (See also gospel, Nativity, Resurrection, salvation (see also salvation), and Sermon on the Mount.)

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