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 katēkhismos, from katēkhizein"teach orally, instruct by word of mouth," from katēkhein "to resound" (see catechesis). Related: Catechismal.
updated on November 13, 2022
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