See also: christendom

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From Middle English cristendom, cristendome, from Old English cristendōm, equivalent to Christen +‎ -dom.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈkɹɪsn̩dəm/
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Christendom (countable and uncountable, plural Christendoms)

  1. The Christian world; Christ's Church on Earth. [from 14th c.]
  2. (now rare) The state of being a (devout) Christian; Christian belief or faith. [from 9th c.]
    • c. 1596 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Life and Death of King Iohn”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act IV, scene i], page 11, column 2:
      By my Chriſtendome, So I were out of priſon, and kept Sheepe, I ſhould be as merry as the day is long.
    • 1643, Jeremy Taylor, Of the Sacred Order and Offices of Epiſcopacy [] [2], R. Royſton, page 101:
      [] and yet cannot be denied that ſo it ought to be, by any man that would not have his Chriſtendome ſuſpected.
    • 2015 March 12 [1934], Kenneth Pickthorn, Early Tudor Government[3], volume 2, Cambridge University Press, page 137:
      Especially about law and its obligatory force was Cromwell's head clear, making clearer distinctions than Wolsey with his conscience or More with his Christendom.
  3. (obsolete) The name received at baptism; any name or appellation.

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