Christendom

Christendom

[kris-uhn-duhm]
noun
1.
Christians collectively.
2.
the Christian world.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English cristendōm. See Christian, -dom

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Christendom (ˈkrɪsəndəm)
 
n
1.  the collective body of Christians throughout the world or throughout history
2.  an obsolete word for Christianity

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Christendom
O.E. cristendom "Christianity, state of being a Christian," from Christian + -dom, suffix of condition or quality. The native formation, crowded out by Latinate Christianity except for sense "lands where Christianity is the dominant religion" (1389).
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