Definition of Christendom in English:

Christendom

Syllabification: Chris·ten·dom
Pronunciation: /ˈkris(ə)ndəm
 
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noun

dated
1The worldwide body or society of Christians.
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  • He asserts that abortion was universally condemned by Christendom, a crime at common law, and a felony in the vast majority of states in the latter half of the nineteenth century.
  • Baptism made one a member of the body of Christendom.
  • Pope Urban II called upon the knights of Christendom to push back the conquests of Islam at the Council of Clermont in 1095.
1.1The Christian world: the greatest church in Christendom
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  • On the surface Spanish society appears very secular, but in the twentieth century Spain gave birth to one of the most successful reform movements in contemporary Christendom, Opus Dei.
  • The new monastic orders amassed considerable power in Christendom, particularly the Cluniacs, the first order to centralize monastic authority.
  • Pentecostals and charismatics have larger membership than all the Protestant denominations combined: they represent the second largest body in Christendom.

Origin

Old English crīstendōm, from crīsten (see christen) + -dōm (see -dom).

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