Roman Catholic

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: a member of the Roman Catholic Church

Roman Catholic

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: of, relating to, or being a Christian church having a hierarchy of priests and bishops under the pope, a liturgy centered in the Mass, veneration of the Virgin Mary and saints, clerical celibacy, and a body of dogma including transubstantiation and papal infallibility

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When Renaissance artists revived interest in classical antiquity, the nude came along for the ride, mostly as a vessel to idealize the figures of the Christian faith and the Roman Catholic Church, which dominated Renaissance Europe. Julia Halperin, New York Times, 3 Apr. 2024 Afterward, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York condemned the service. Michelle Watson, CNN, 2 Apr. 2024 Last year, the Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board voted 3-2 to approve St. Isidore of Seville Catholic Virtual School to be operated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and the Diocese of Tulsa. Laura Meckler, Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2024 By our president, who calls himself a Roman Catholic? Fox News, 2 Apr. 2024 But there were few signs of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento’s impending bankruptcy filing. Lindsey Holden, Sacramento Bee, 31 Mar. 2024 While the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix operates the church, the Pascua Yaquis run the temple whose earth-laden flooring meets the tribe's ceremonial standards. Jose R. Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 30 Mar. 2024 The birds, known for their bright red feathers, earned their name from the scarlet garments worn by cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church. More:What bird is this? Cecilia Garzella, USA TODAY, 29 Mar. 2024 Galvan spoke of Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker, known to be a deeply religious Roman Catholic, and one of his wife’s favorite players. Eric Adler, Kansas City Star, 29 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1581, in the meaning defined above


1614, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Roman Catholic was in 1581

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“Roman Catholic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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Roman Catholic

: of or relating to the body of Christians having levels of authority under the pope, a liturgy centered in the Mass, and a body of beliefs laid down by the church as the only interpreter of revealed truth
Roman Catholic noun
Roman Catholicism noun
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