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[en-kahy-rid-ee-uh n, -ki-]
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noun, plural en·chi·rid·i·ons, en·chi·rid·i·a [en-kahy-rid-ee-uh, -ki-] /ˌɛn kaɪˈrɪd i ə, -kɪ-/.
  1. a handbook; manual.
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Origin of enchiridion

1535–45; < Late Latin < Greek encheirídion handbook, equivalent to en- en-2 + cheír hand + -idion diminutive suffix
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Historical Examples

  • Was there, then, any objection to his works: the Enchiridion, the Adagia?

    Erasmus and the Age of Reformation

    Johan Huizinga

  • Enchiridion militis Christiani, printed in Lucubratiunculae, 1503.

  • His Enchiridion ethicum and Enchiridion metaphysicum were the text books of the school.


    Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker

  • The above is an abridged translation from the Enchiridion, ed.

    The Oxford Reformers

    Frederic Seebohm

  • The Enchiridion was the result, of which more will be said by and by.

    The Oxford Reformers

    Frederic Seebohm

British Dictionary definitions for enchiridion


noun plural -ions or -ia (-ɪə)
  1. rare a handbook or manual
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Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin, from Greek enkheiridion, from en- ² + kheir hand
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Word Origin and History for enchiridion


1540s, "a handbook," from Late Latin, from Greek enkheiridion, neuter of enkheiridios "that which is held in the hand," from en "in" (see en- (2)) + kheir "hand" (see chiro-) + diminutive suffix -idion.

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