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Roman Catholic

Pronunciation: /ˈˌrōmən ˈkaTH(ə)lik/


Relating to the Roman Catholic Church: a Roman Catholic bishop
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  • Xavier University is the nation's only historically black Roman Catholic college, whose roots go back to 1825.
  • Nine of the 12 jurors are Roman Catholic, The judge is Roman Catholic.
  • In 1929 he became Australia's first Roman Catholic and Australian-born Labor Prime Minister.


A member of the Roman Catholic church.
Example sentences
  • Historically, the role of Mary has been a subject of deep controversy between Protestant churches and Roman Catholics.
  • Evangelicals and Roman Catholics can agree that Jesus is Lord.
  • Not surprisingly, Roman Catholics are at their strongest in Greater Glasgow and Lanarkshire.


Roman Catholicism

Pronunciation: /ˌrōmən kəˈTHäləˌsizəm/
Example sentences
  • The official religion of Paraguay is Roman Catholicism.
  • The adoration of the Holy Eucharist is an example found in Roman Catholicism.


Late 16th century: translation of Latin (Ecclesia) Romana Catholica (et Apostolica) 'Roman Catholic (and Apostolic Church)'. It was apparently first used as a conciliatory term in place of the earlier Roman, Romanist, or Romish, considered derogatory.

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Syllabification: Ro·man Cath·o·lic

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