Christendom
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈkɹɪsn̩dəm/
Noun

Christendom

  1. The Christian world. [from 14thc.]
    • 1670, John Milton, The History of Britain, […] , London: Printed by J.M. for James Alleſtry, […] , OCLC 78038412 ↗:
      The Arian doctrine which then divided Christendom.
    • A wide and still widening Christendom.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin, 2010, p.503:
      Wessex was facing new barbarians, apparently intent on destroying everything that Christendom meant for England.
  2. (obsolete) The state of being a Christian. [9th-17thc.]
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, [http://quod.lib.umich.edu/c/cme/MaloryWks2/1:12.63?rgn=div2;view=fulltext chapter lxiij], in Le Morte Darthur, book X:
      And also sire Palomydes auowed neuer to take ful crystendome vnto the tyme that he had done seuen batails within the lystys
  3. (obsolete) The name received at baptism; any name or appellation.
    • c. 1604–1605, William Shakespeare, “All’s VVell, that Ends VVell”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene i]:
      Pretty, fond, adoptious Christendoms.
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