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[kris-chuh-niz-uh m] /ˈkrɪs tʃəˌnɪz əm/

the beliefs and practices of Christians.

1560s, “Christianity,” from Christian + -ism. From c.2004 in reference to politicized fundamentalist Christianity in the U.S. Related: Christianist.


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