Meaning of “catechism” in the English Dictionary

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"catechism" in British English

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catechismnoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˈkæt.ə.kɪ.zəm/ us /ˈkæt̬.ə.kɪ.zəm/

Examples from literature

  • All the productions of these two centuries, with a few exceptions, are confined to theology, and are mostly sermons, catechisms, devotional exercises, or religious hymns. 
  • Did you say your Golden Text and catechism? 
  • Hath she ever taught you otherwise than you have learned in your catechism? 
  • I do not chiefly care for the catechism, nor for the confession of faith, although they are both interesting. 
  • Scraps of her catechism recurred to her remembrance. 

(Definition of “catechism” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"catechism" in American English

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catechismnoun [ C ]

us /ˈkæt̬·əˌkɪz·əm/

a set of questions and answers used to teach esp. the beliefs of a Christian religion

(Definition of “catechism” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)