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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Christendom  \Chris"ten*dom\,  n.  [AS.  cristend?m;  cristen  a 
  Christian  +  -dom.] 
  1.  The  profession  of  faith  in  Christ  by  baptism;  hence  the 
  Christian  religion,  or  the  adoption  of  it  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  2.  The  name  received  at  baptism;  or  more  generally,  any  name 
  or  appelation.  [Obs.] 
 
  Pretty,  fond,  adoptious  christendoms.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  That  portion  of  the  world  in  which  Christianity  prevails, 
  or  which  is  governed  under  Christian  institutions,  in 
  distinction  from  heathen  or  Mohammedan  lands. 
 
  The  Arian  doctrine  which  then  divided  Christendom. 
  --Milton 
 
  A  wide  and  still  widening  Christendom.  --Coleridge. 
 
  4.  The  whole  body  of  Christians.  --Hooker. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Christendom 
  n  :  the  collective  body  of  Christians  throughout  the  world  and 
  history;  "for  a  thousand  years  the  Roman  Catholic  Church 
  was  the  principal  church  of  Christendom"  [syn:  {Christendom}, 
  {Christianity}] 




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