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catechesis

[kat-i-kee-sis] /ˌkæt ɪˈki sɪs/
noun, plural catecheses
[kat-i-kee-seez] /ˌkæt ɪˈki siz/ (Show IPA)
1.
oral religious instruction, formerly especially before baptism or confirmation.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; < Late Latin < Greek katḗchēsis oral teaching, equivalent to katēchē- (variant stem of katēcheîn to teach by word of mouth; see catechist) + -sis -sis
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Word Origin and History for catecheses

catechesis

n.

from Greek katekhesis "instruction by word of mouth," from katekhein "to instruct orally," originally "to resound" (with sense evolution via "to sound (something) in someone's ear; to teach by word of mouth." From kata- "down" (in this case, "thoroughly") + ekhein "to sound, ring," from ekhe "sound," from PIE *(s)wagh- "to resound" (see echo (n.)). Related: Catachectic; catachectical.

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