Catechise



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. Edited, with an introduction and notes by Ernest Rhys. Thomas Dekker

We may demand the credentials of every creed and catechise all the catechisms.
The Professor at the Breakfast Table Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)

A new cousin to catechise was a happiness that did not occur every day.
The Maidens’ Lodge Emily Sarah Holt

“When I know your right to catechise me, I will answer,” snarled the captain.
Roger Ingleton, Minor Talbot Baines Reed

She could not catechise him, and force his confidence on this subject of all others.
Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward

I cannot suppose that he would venture to catechise McNeice.
The Red Hand of Ulster George A. Birmingham

It will avail nothing to catechise the secretive Paul, who is garrulous upon irrelevant hallucinations only.
Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee

Come, my dear, have you conned over the catechise I taught you last night?
The Beaux-Stratagem George Farquhar

Phillis and Dulce used to catechise him sometimes; but his replies were always evasive.
Not Like Other Girls Rosa N. Carey

“I should not presume to catechise you,” he returned, hastily.
Not Like Other Girls Rosa N. Carey

verb (transitive)
to teach or examine by means of questions and answers
to give oral instruction in Christianity, esp by using a catechism
to put questions to (someone)
v.

chiefly British English spelling of catechize; for suffix, see -ize. Related: Catechised; catechising.
v.

early 15c., from Church Latin catechizare “to teach by word of mouth” (also source of French catéchiser, Spanish catequizar, Italian catechizzare), from Greek katekhizein “teach orally, instruct by word of mouth,” from katekhein “to resound” (see catechesis). Related: Catechized; catechizing.

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    a person who catechizes. Ecclesiastical. a person appointed to instruct catechumens in the principles of religion as a preparation for baptism. Historical Examples I shall have to lay myself open to such a catechist, and I am not sure that I am prepared to do it.’ North and South Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell In 1881 he […]

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    a person who catechizes. Ecclesiastical. a person appointed to instruct catechumens in the principles of religion as a preparation for baptism. n. 1560s, from Church Latin catechista, from Greek katekhistes “one who catechizes,” from katekhizein “to teach orally” (see catechize). Related: Catechistic; catechistical.



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