oral religious instruction, formerly especially before baptism or confirmation.
from Greek katekhesis “instruction by word of mouth,” from katekhein “to instruct orally,” originally “to resound” (with sense evolution via “to sound (something) in someone’s ear; to teach by word of mouth.” From kata- “down” (in this case, “thoroughly”) + ekhein “to sound, ring,” from ekhe “sound,” from PIE *(s)wagh- “to resound” (see echo (n.)). Related: Catachectic; catachectical.
of or relating to catechesis. pertaining to teaching by question and answer. Historical Examples Luther’s Small Catechism is our text-book for catechetical instruction. An Explanation of Luther’s Small Catechism Joseph Stump It should be conducted on the catechetical rather than the lecture plan. Training the Teacher A. F. Schauffler Some of the most satisfactory work […]
to instruct orally by means of questions and answers, especially in Christian doctrine. to question with reference to belief. to question closely. Historical Examples Pray you, let me catechise you a little; what might one call your name, dog? The Mermaid Series. Edited by H. Ellis. The best plays of the old dramatists. Thomas Dekker. […]
to instruct orally by means of questions and answers, especially in Christian doctrine. to question with reference to belief. to question closely. Historical Examples The abbe, who showed a joy that was almost infantine, agreed to catechize the old man and confer with him twice a week. Ursula Honore de Balzac Well, go ahead and […]
Ecclesiastical. an elementary book containing a summary of the principles of the Christian religion, especially as maintained by a particular church, in the form of questions and answers. the contents of such a book. a similar book of instruction in other subjects. a series of formal questions put, as to political candidates, to bring out […]