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- a convert to Christianity under instruction before baptism; a young Christian preparing for confirmation
*1963: Here in this room an old man had killed and boiled a catechumen, had committed sodomy with a rat, had discussed a rodent nunhood with V., a future saint – depending which story you listened to. — Thomas Pynchon, V.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Cat"e*chu`men (?), n. [L.
catechunenus, Gr. &?; instructed, from &?;. See
Catechise.] (Eccl.) One who is receiving
rudimentary instruction in the doctrines of Christianity; a
neophyte; in the primitive church, one officially recognized as a
Christian, and admitted to instruction preliminary to admission
to full membership in the church.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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