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catholic 1

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Pronunciation: /ˈkaθ(ə)lɪk/

adjective

Including a wide variety of things; all-embracing: her tastes are pretty catholic

Derivatives

catholicity

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Pronunciation: /kaθəˈlɪsɪti/
noun

catholically

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adverb

Origin

Late Middle English : from Catholic.

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  • This comes via Latin from Greek katholikos ‘universal’, with base elements kata ‘in respect of ’ and holos ‘whole’. The general sense is ‘all-embracing’.

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Catholic 2 Line breaks: cath|olic
Pronunciation: /ˈkaθ(ə)lɪk/

adjective

1Of the Roman Catholic faith.
Example sentences
  • The two principles that guided his life and career were a deep Catholic faith and Catalan nationalism.
  • Believing in the authenticity of such apparitions is not even a requirement of Catholic faith.
  • Since 1854, the immaculate conception has been an essential dogma of the Catholic faith.
1.1Of or including all Christians.
Example sentences
  • To the extent this is true, it is a betrayal of the universal and catholic mission of Orthodoxy.
1.2Relating to the historic doctrine and practice of the Western Church: the Church of England must not compromise its Catholic principles
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  • One reason, no doubt, was the Oxford Movement and its revival of Catholic practice.
  • Actually they seem to argue more accurately for certain heresies than they do for the Catholic doctrines.
  • Moreover, far from being a heretic, he loyally endorsed the essentials of Catholic doctrine.

noun

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A member of the Roman Catholic Church.
Example sentences
  • Under the law of the church, remarried Catholics are prohibited from communion.
  • In such a church, no one could seriously hope to control what Catholics read and hear.
  • Traditionally, Catholics see their church as partner of the state, not part of it.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French catholique or late Latin catholicus, from Greek katholikos 'universal', from kata 'in respect of' + holos 'whole'.

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