catechize
transitive verb (-chized; -chizing) Etymology: Late Latin catechizare, from Greek katēchein to teach, literally, to din into, from kata- cata- + ēchein to resound, from ēchē sound — more at echo Date: 15th century 1. to instruct systematically especially by questions, answers, and explanations and corrections; specifically to give religious instruction in such a manner 2. to question systematically or searchinglycatechization nouncatechizer noun

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  • Catechize — Cat e*chize, v. t. See {Catechise}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • catechize — index cross examine, examine (interrogate), inquire Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • catechize — early 15c., from Church L. catechizare to teach by word of mouth, from Gk. katekhizein teach orally, instruct by word of mouth, from katekhein to resound (see CATECHESIS (Cf. catechesis)). Related: Catechized; catechizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • catechize — (Amer.) cate·chize || kætkaɪz v. instruct using questions and answers; question thoroughly; (Christianity) give religious instructions to a person using questions and answers (also catechise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • catechize — interrogate, quiz, examine, question, *ask, query, inquire …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • catechize — [v] instruct and question ask, crossexamine, drill, educate, examine, grill, inquire, interrogate, query, quiz, teach, train; concepts 48,285 Ant. answer, listen …   New thesaurus

  • catechize — (also catechise) ► VERB ▪ instruct by question and answer, especially by using a catechism. ORIGIN Greek kat khizein, from kat khein instruct orally …   English terms dictionary

  • catechize — [kat′ə kīz΄] vt. catechized, catechizing [ME catecizen < LL(Ec) catechizare < Gr katēchizein: see CATECHETICAL] 1. to teach, esp. in the principles of religion, by the method of questions and answers 2. to question searchingly or fully:… …   English World dictionary

  • catechize — catechizable, adj. catechization, n. catechizer, n. /kat i kuyz /, v.t., catechized, catechizing. 1. to instruct orally by means of questions and answers, esp. in Christian doctrine. 2. to question with reference to belief. 3. to question closely …   Universalium

  • catechize — verb To give religious instruction, often by the question and answer method, especially children or adolescents who are preparing for confirmation …   Wiktionary

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