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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.
catechetical instruction.
Contemporary Examples

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.


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