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catechumen

Line breaks: cat¦echu|men
Pronunciation: /ˌkatɪˈkjuːmɛn
 
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Definition of catechumen in English:

noun

1A person who is receiving instruction in preparation for Christian baptism or confirmation.
Example sentences
  • In the early Church, catechumens were received at the great vigil of Easter, beginning on Saturday evening where the creed was ‘handed over.’
  • Forty days: time for catechumens to prepare for baptism.
  • I'm a catechumen eagerly seeking baptism, but my parents (HIndus, who emigrated from India in the 70s) are strongly opposed.

Origin

late Middle English: via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek katēkhoumenos 'being instructed', present participle of katēkhein 'instruct orally' (see catechize).

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