Christian

Chris"tian

(?), a. 1. Pertaining to Christ or his religion; as, Christian people.
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3. Pertaining to the church; ecclesiastical; as, a Christian court. Blackstone.
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4. Characteristic of Christian people; civilized; kind; kindly; gentle; beneficent.
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The graceful tact; the Christian art.
Tennyson.
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Christian Commission. See under Commission. -- Christian court. Same as Ecclesiastical court. -- Christian Endeavor, Young People's Society of. In various Protestant churches, a society of young people organized in each individual church to do Christian work; also, the whole body of such organizations, which are united in a corporation called the United Society of Christian Endeavor, organized in 1885. The parent society was founded in 1881 at Portland, Maine, by Rev. Francis E. Clark, a Congregational minister. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] -- Christian era, the present era, commencing with the birth of Christ. It is supposed that owing to an error of a monk (Dionysius Exiguus, d. about 556) employed to calculate the era, its commencement was fixed three or four years too late, so that 1890 should be 1893 or 1894. -- Christian name, the name given in baptism, as distinct from the family name, or surname.
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