Christianity

Christianity

[kris-chee-an-i-tee]
noun, plural Christianities.
1.
the Christian religion, including the Catholic, Protestant, and Eastern Orthodox churches.
2.
Christian beliefs or practices; Christian quality or character: Christianity mixed with pagan elements; the Christianity of Augustine's thought.
3.
a particular Christian religious system: She followed fundamentalist Christianity.
4.
the state of being a Christian.
6.
conformity to the Christian religion or to its beliefs or practices.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English cristianite < Latin chrīstiānitāt- (stem of chrīstiānitās), equivalent to chrīstiān- Christian + -itāt- -ity; replacing Middle English cristiente < Middle French < Latin, as above

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Christianity (ˌkrɪstɪˈænɪtɪ)
 
n
1.  the Christian religion
2.  Christian beliefs, practices or attitudes
3.  a less common word for Christendom

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Christianity
c.1300, cristente, from O.Fr. crestienté, from L. christianitatem, noun of state from christianus (see Christian). Gradually respelled to conform with Latin.
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Christianity definition


The religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, sent by God. They believe that Jesus, by dying and rising from the dead, made up for the sin of Adam and thus redeemed the world, allowing all who believe in him to enter heaven. Christians rely on the Bible as the inspired word of God. (See also gospel, Nativity, Resurrection, salvation, and Sermon on the Mount.)

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