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catechist

[kat-i-kist] /ˈkæt ɪ kɪst/
noun
1.
a person who catechizes.
2.
Ecclesiastical. a person appointed to instruct catechumens in the principles of religion as a preparation for baptism.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; < Late Latin catēchista < Greek katēchistḗs, equivalent to katēch(eîn) to teach by word of mouth, orig. to din down, i.e. to get results by shouting (kat- cata- + ēcheîn to sound) + istēs -ist
Related forms
catechistic, catechistical, adjective
catechistically, adverb
noncatechistic, adjective
noncatechistical, adjective
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  • A catechist is one who engages in such religious instruction.
Word Origin and History for catechist
n.

1560s, from Church Latin catechista, from Greek katekhistes "one who catechizes," from katekhizein "to teach orally" (see catechize). Related: Catechistic; catechistical.

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