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Christianity

Definition of Christianity

(noun) Monotheistic belief system based on the Old and New Testaments of the bible, particularly the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Example of Christianity

Christianity Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: chris·ti·an·i·ty

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /kris-chee-A-nuh-tee/
  • British English – /kris-ti-A-ni-tee/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˌkrɪsʧiˈænɪti/
  • British English – /krɪstɪˈanɪti/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: Christianities
  • A type of belief system and cosmogony.
  • Also called Christian religion.
  • A (noun) Christian follows Christianity and (noun) Christendom is the collective term for Christians currently and historically.

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Works Consulted

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Cite the Definition of Christianity

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “Christianity.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 21, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/christianity/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

Christianity. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/christianity/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “Christianity.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 21, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/christianity/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“Christianity.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 21 Oct. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/christianity/>.