catechumenal

catechumen

[kat-i-kyoo-muhn]
noun
1.
Ecclesiastical. a person under instruction in the rudiments of Christianity, as in the early church; a neophyte.
2.
a person being taught the elementary facts, principles, etc., of any subject.

Origin:
1325–75; < Late Latin catēchūmenus < Greek katēchoúmenos (one who is) being taught orally, equivalent to katēche-, stem of katēcheîn to teach orally (see catechist) + -omenos middle present participle suffix; replacing Middle English cathecumyn < Middle French cathecumine < Late Latin, as above

catechumenal, catechumenical [kat-i-kyoo-men-i-kuhl] , adjective
catechumenically, adverb
catechumenate [kat-i-kyoo-muh-neyt, -nit] , noun
catechumenism, noun
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catechumen (ˌkætɪˈkjuːmɛn)
 
n
Christianity a person, esp in the early Church, undergoing instruction prior to baptism
 
[C15: via Old French, from Late Latin, from Greek katēkhoumenos one being instructed verbally, from katēkhein; see catechize]
 
cate'chumenal
 
adj
 
catechumenical
 
adj
 
cate'chumenate
 
n
 
cate'chumenism
 
n

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catechumen
"new convert," 15c., from Fr. catechumène, from L. catechumenus, from Gk. katekhoumenos "one being instructed," passive prp. of katekhein (see catechesis).
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