Definition of Christendom in US English:



  • 1The worldwide body or society of Christians.

    • ‘Pope Urban II called upon the knights of Christendom to push back the conquests of Islam at the Council of Clermont in 1095.’
    • ‘Baptism made one a member of the body of Christendom.’
    • ‘He asserts that abortion was universally condemned by Christendom, a crime at common law, and a felony in the vast majority of states in the latter half of the nineteenth century.’
    • ‘How did we come to the place where the majority of Christendom thinks otherwise and to even broach the subject of origins at all is as likely as not to generate either a glassy-eyed stare or sometimes outright hostility?’
    • ‘The prophet of love for God and neighbor rallied Christendom for the second crusade, calling Christians to slay Muslims for dishonoring God and for barring pilgrimages to Jerusalem.’
    1. 1.1 The Christian world.
      ‘the greatest church in Christendom’
      • ‘In Istanbul the last descendants of the Byzantines are now leaving what was once the capital city of Christendom.’
      • ‘It was formerly the grandest church in Eastern Christendom, Sancta Sophia, that was battled over for centuries and subsequently turned into a mosque.’
      • ‘As a million people from across the world make a yearly pilgrimage to the Sagrada Familia, the most remarkable church ever to grace Christendom, one wonders what Gaudi would say.’
      • ‘On the surface Spanish society appears very secular, but in the twentieth century Spain gave birth to one of the most successful reform movements in contemporary Christendom, Opus Dei.’
      • ‘In these immense, fantastic, intricate, and bizarre epics, the figure of Orlando came at last to assume literary dimensions such as no other warrior of Christendom could ever hope to equal.’
      • ‘As far as I know, this remains a unique experiment in Christendom, and especially with several thousand communicants stretches the unity of the Eucharistic prayer beyond comprehension.’
      • ‘In Western Christendom the Church of Rome exercised spiritual domination and was not reluctant to use the secular arm - that is, the civil authorities and their armies - to ensure conformity in doctrine and practice.’
      • ‘At one end is La Scala and at the other the Milan Duomo, the second largest church in Christendom.’
      • ‘Some writers even tried to justify the Atlantic trade with the argument that it took black slaves from heathen lands into Christendom, thus opening up the possibility of converting them and saving their souls.’
      • ‘Pentecostals and charismatics have larger membership than all the Protestant denominations combined: they represent the second largest body in Christendom.’
      • ‘He contrasted the two great centers of Christendom, Alexandria and Antioch, and in doing so he drew parallels to the various parties within the church in his own day.’
      • ‘John Paul cannot be expected to police every pulpit in Christendom, of course, but the decay in catechesis and Church discipline that has occurred on his watch is undeniable.’
      • ‘This was a turning point in Christendom, and the Christian influence in our culture has declined ever since.’
      • ‘The new monastic orders amassed considerable power in Christendom, particularly the Cluniacs, the first order to centralize monastic authority.’
      • ‘Then there is the big question: What was it that held Christianity and, later, Christendom together?’
      • ‘Whilst I do not expect my article to re-unite Christendom, I hope I have cleared away a few misconceptions and showed some of the reasoning behind the Catholic Church's beliefs regarding the Truth.’
      • ‘Atop the cliffs stand the ruins of the medieval cathedral, in its glory one of the largest in Christendom and the destination of pilgrims from throughout Europe, come to venerate the bones of the Apostle.’
      • ‘For centuries this was the greatest church in Christendom and with its immense dome, it's still one of the architectural wonders of the world.’
      • ‘The reason for so harsh a judgment is that Newman could see a coming storm of dissent throughout all of Western Christendom, especially with the rise of an educated Christian public.’
      • ‘Ross's popularity in evangelical Christendom is based on several factors.’


Old English crīstendōm, from crīsten (see christen) + -dōm (see -dom).