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1670s, from Christ + like (adj.). Old English had cristlic, but the modern word appears to be a more recent formation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • They live holy and christ-like lives here in time, and in heaven forever.

    Luther's Small Catechism H. U. Sverdrup
  • This was a truly christ-like thing to do, and this she could never forget or do without.

    An Anarchist Woman Hutchins Hapgood
  • He was christ-like with his people, and it was beautiful to behold with what reverence the people approached him.

    Sixty Years of California Song Margaret Blake-Alverson
  • No, sir, this is a very christ-like proposition in the gentleman.

  • I believe his grand books influence more persons for better lives than even his personal presence and christ-like magnetism.

    Memories and Anecdotes Kate Sanborn
  • See her quiet and christ-like spontaneous response, that she would.

    Gathering Jewels James Knowles and Matilda Darroch Knowles
  • We praise the sweetness of the healing waters of christ-like charity, but despite our gospel he never gets it, never.

    Principles of Freedom Terence J. MacSwiney
  • But how few of us have the christ-like spirit—a willingness to suffer for others!

    The Wedding Ring T. De Witt Talmage
  • The miserable fate of these helpless ones moved the compassion of some christ-like souls.

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