catholic


cath·o·lic

adjective \ˈkath-lik, ˈka-thə-\

Catholic : of or relating to the Roman Catholic Church

: including many different things

Full Definition of CATHOLIC

1
a often capitalized :  of, relating to, or forming the church universal
b often capitalized :  of, relating to, or forming the ancient undivided Christian church or a church claiming historical continuity from it
c capitalized :  roman catholic
2
:  comprehensive, universal; especially :  broad in sympathies, tastes, or interests <a catholic taste in music>
ca·thol·i·cal·ly \kə-ˈthä-li-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
ca·thol·i·cize \-ˈthä-lə-ˌsīz\ verb

Examples of CATHOLIC

  1. She is a novelist who is catholic in her interests.
  2. <a museum director with catholic tastes in art>

Origin of CATHOLIC

Middle English catholik, from Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French catholique, from Late Latin catholicus, from Greek katholikos universal, general, from katholou in general, from kata by + holos whole — more at cata-, safe
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary

Cath·o·lic

noun \ˈkath-lik, ˈka-thə-\

: a person who is a member of the Roman Catholic Church

Full Definition of CATHOLIC

1
:  a person who belongs to the universal Christian church
2
:  a member of a Catholic church; especially :  roman catholic

First Known Use of CATHOLIC

15th century

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary

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