[syn: Christendom, Christianity]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Christianity \Chris*tian"i*ty\, n. [OE. cristiente, OF.
cristient['e], F. chr['e]tient['e], fr. L. christianitas. ]
1. The religion of Christians; the system of doctrines and
precepts taught by Christ.
2. Practical conformity of one's inward and outward life to
the spirit of the Christian religion
3. The body of Christian believers. [Obs.]
To Walys fled the christianitee
Of olde Britons. --Chaucer.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the
Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the
New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior
[syn: Christianity, Christian religion]
2: the collective body of Christians throughout the world and
history (found predominantly in Europe and the Americas and
Australia); "for a thousand years the Roman Catholic Church
was the principal church of Christendom" [syn: Christendom,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
35 Moby Thesaurus words for "Christianity":
Christendom, Christianism, Christlikeness, Christliness,
Judeo-Christian religion, Orthodox Christianity,
Protestant Christianity, angelicalness, beauty of holiness,
fear of God, godlikeness, godliness, godly-mindedness, goodness,
heavenliness, heavenly-mindedness, holiness, holy-mindedness,
odor of sanctity, otherworldliness, pureness, pureness of heart,
purity, righteousness, sainthood, saintlikeness, saintliness,
saintship, sanctitude, sanctity, seraphicalness,
spiritual-mindedness, spirituality, unearthliness, unworldliness
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
CHRISTIANITY. The religion established by Jesus Christ.
2. Christianity has been judicially declared to be a part of the common
law of Pennsylvania; 11 Serg. & Rawle, 394; 5 Binn. R.555; of New York, 8
Johns. R. 291; of Connecticut, 2 Swift's System, 321; of Massachusetts,
Dane's Ab. vol. 7, c. 219, a. 2, 19. To write or speak contemptuously and
maliciously against it, is an indictable offence. Vide Cooper on the Law of
Libel, 59 and 114, et seq.; and generally, 1 Russ. on Cr. 217; 1 Hawk, c. 5;
1 Vent. 293; 3 Keb. 607; 1 Barn. & Cress. 26. S. C. 8 Eng. Com. Law R. 14;
Barnard. 162; Fitzgib. 66; Roscoe, Cr. Ev. 524; 2 Str. 834; 3 Barn. & Ald.
161; S. C. 5 Eng. Com. Law R. 249 Jeff. Rep. Appx. See 1 Cro. Jac. 421 Vent.
293; 3 Keb. 607; Cooke on Def. 74; 2 How. S. C. 11 ep. 127, 197 to 201.