Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A person who catechizes, especially one who instructs catechumens in preparation for admission into a Christian church.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who instructs orally, or by question and answer; a catechizer; specifically, one appointed to instruct catechumens in the principles of religion as a preparation for baptism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who instructs by question and answer, especially in religions matters.

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  • noun Christianity One who practices catechesis, i.e., catechizes catechumens; a teacher who instructs students in the doctrines of a particular Christian denomination typically in preparation for confirmation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun one who instructs catechumens in preparation for baptism (especially one using a catechism)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French catechiste, from Old French, from Late Latin catēchista, from Late Greek katēkhistēs, from katēkhizein, to teach by word of mouth; see catechize.]

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See catechize

Examples

  • "See, it says here that being a catechist is a vocation that requires careful discernment.

    The Ironic Catholic

  • Sadly, I have heard a catechist instruct a group to stick their tongue out like a frog; it then became a joke among them.

    The Prime Years for Catechesis are in Childhood

  • As a young person, I was beat up on a daily basis in middle school and high school; I was denied the right to start a gay-straight alliance in a public high school; and my ability to effectively serve as a catechist for the Archdiocese was questioned by those who felt my sexuality served as an "impediment."

    Joseph Amodeo: LGBT Catholics March Not In Defiance, But In Love

  • As a young person, I was beat up on a daily basis in middle school and high school; I was denied the right to start a gay-straight alliance in a public high school; and my ability to effectively serve as a catechist for the Archdiocese was questioned by those who felt my sexuality served as an "impediment."

    Joseph Amodeo: LGBT Catholics March Not In Defiance, But In Love

  • As a young person, I was beat up on a daily basis in middle school and high school; I was denied the right to start a gay-straight alliance in a public high school; and my ability to effectively serve as a catechist for the Archdiocese was questioned by those who felt my sexuality served as an "impediment."

    Joseph Amodeo: LGBT Catholics March Not In Defiance, But In Love

  • As a young person, I was beat up on a daily basis in middle school and high school; I was denied the right to start a gay-straight alliance in a public high school; and my ability to effectively serve as a catechist for the Archdiocese was questioned by those who felt my sexuality served as an "impediment."

    Joseph Amodeo: LGBT Catholics March Not In Defiance, But In Love

  • The underlying thesis and conviction of this small book, then, is that the Catechism of the Catholic Church not only offers us a new, definitive account for our time of the contents of the Catholic Faith; its value for the catechist lies more broadly in the pedagogy that informs every page.

    Islam

  • Over the years, she also volunteered as a docent and librarian for the Washington National Opera; an information specialist and docent at the National Gallery of Art; an information specialist at the Smithsonian Institution; and a catechist for children at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in College Park.

    Frank Creel; Marion Gaines III; J. Paul Hile; Ruth Jones; Russell Kirk; Rita Landers

  • Simon was raised as a Catholic, and after his father died while Simon was still a boy local priests paid for him to be trained as a catechist.

    Spellbound

  • After he buried his wife the doctors told Raymond that she had a problem with her heart, that part of it was rotted, but when I asked the catechist whether he believed his wife had been killed by witchcraft he replied, “Oh, absolutely, one hundred percent.”

    Spellbound

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