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 their views.
This is not a political platform to be negotiated but a catechism with only a single answer.
The Tea Party Isn’t a Political Movement, It’s a Religious One Jack Schwartz July 12, 2014
The catechism of the Catholic Church, meanwhile, contains the same ‘hate the sin, love the sinner’ equivocation as ever.
Catholic University’s Harvey Milk Ban Reflects A Church In Transition Jay Michaelson October 2, 2014
It is a catechism of defeat that ever Ukrainian knows by rote, one that was written by Vladimir Putin.
President Obama’s Belgian Waffle Stuart Stevens March 26, 2014
instruction by a series of questions and answers, esp a book containing such instruction on the religious doctrine of a Christian Church
rigorous and persistent questioning, as in a test or interview
c.1500, “instruction in Christian principles,” also “elementary question-and-answer book of religious instruction,” from French catéchisme (14c.) and directly from Church Latin catechismus “book of instruction,” from Greek katekhismos, from katekhizein “to teach orally” (see catechize). Related: Catechismal.
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 […]
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.
a colorless, crystalline, dihydroxyl derivative of benzene, C 6 H 6 O 2 , the ortho isomer, used chiefly in photography, for dyeing, and as a reagent; pyrocatechol. Historical Examples catechol tans, often obtained from barks, contain usually about 60 per cent. Animal Proteins Hugh Garner Bennett Tanning materials are divided into two main classes: […]
any of a group of chemically related neurotransmitters, as epinephrine and dopamine, that have similar effects on the sympathetic nervous system. noun any of a group of hormones that are catechol derivatives, esp adrenaline and noradrenaline n. type of hormone, from catechol (1880), from catechu, 17c. name for an astringent substance used in medicines, dyeing, […]