noun, plural catecheses [kat-i-kee-seez] .
oral religious instruction, formerly especially before baptism or confirmation.

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 Unabridged
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Word Origin & History

"instruction by word of mouth," from Gk. katekhesis, from katekhein "to instruct orally," originally "to resound," from kata- "down" (in this case, "thoroughly") + ekhein "to sound, ring."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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