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CHRISTENDIE, n. The Christian world; Christendom. Poet. or arch. [′krs(ə)n′di] Sc. 1904  Archie o Cawfield in Ballads (ed. Child) No. 188 B iv.:
A hundred men you cannot get, Nor yet sixteen in Christendie; For some of them will us betray, And other some will work for fee.
Ayr. 1790  Burns Willie Brew'd a Peck o' Maut (Cent. ed.) ii.:
Three blyther hearts that lee-lang night Ye wad na found in Christendie.

[O.Sc. has Christintie, a.1586 (D.O.S.T.); O.Fr. chrestienté, Christendom, Christianity (Cotgrave). The change of the second t to d is due to the influence of Christendom.]

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