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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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Word Origin and History for catechistic

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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