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Meaning of catechism

cat•e•chism

Pronunciation: (kat'i-kiz"um), [key]
— n.
    1. an elementary book containing a summary of the principles of the Christian religion, esp. as maintained by a particular church, in the form of questions and answers.
    2. the contents of such a book.
  1. a similar book of instruction in other subjects.
  2. a series of formal questions put, as to political candidates, to bring out their views.
  3. catechetical instruction.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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