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English Dictionary: catechism by the DICT Development Group
2 results for catechism
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a series of question put to an individual (such as a political candidate) to elicit their views
  2. an elementary book summarizing the principles of a Christian religion; written as questions and answers
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Catechism \Cat"e*chism\ (-k[icr]z'm), n. [L. catechismus, fr.
      Gr. See {Catechise}.]
      1. A form of instruction by means of questions and answers.
      2. A book containing a summary of principles, especially of
            religious doctrine, reduced to the form of questions and
                     The Jews, even till this day, have their catechisms.
      {The Larger Catechism}, {The Shorter Catechism}. See
            {Westminster Assembly}, under {Assembly}.
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