Definition of catholic
1a often capitalized : of, relating to, or forming the church universalb often capitalized : of, relating to, or forming the ancient undivided Christian church or a church claiming historical continuity from itc capitalized : roman catholic Her son goes to a Catholic school.
catholicallyplay \kə-ˈthä-li-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
catholicizeplay \-ˈthä-lə-ˌsīz\ verb
Examples of catholic in a Sentence
She is a novelist who is catholic in her interests.
a museum director with catholic tastes in art
Recent Examples of catholic from the Web
Central Catholic to stage plays outdoors Aurora Central Catholic High School, 1255 N. Edgelawn Drive in Aurora, will stage takeoffs on two Shakespeare plays outdoors at the school at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The public is invited.
Trump said, in a message that may play better in largely Catholic Poland than elsewhere.
Honorable mention Catholic Central: Haile Weis, sr.
Europe was in chaos: Nation-states were forming, and Italy’s Giuseppe Garibaldi and German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck were leading anti-Catholic campaigns.
A Catholic priest is facing an additional 2 years in prison after a sentencing hearing in Meade County Thursday for sexually abusing a boy at a summer camp in the 1970s.
Altonji, whose grandparents on his father's side are Syrian Christians in the Melkite tradition, could have been a Catholic priest in that tradition, with the option of getting married.
Students attending Catholic schools generally showed small gains in English, according to the study.
Markle attended an all-girl Catholic school in Los Angeles where she was called charismatic and hard-working by her fellow students.
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Origin and Etymology of catholic
Middle English catholik, from Medieval French & Late Latin; Medieval 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 centurySee Words from the same year
Recent Examples of catholic from the Web
The overwhelming majority of the faculty, administration, students, parents, and alumni are good Catholics of strong faith.
Chaldeans, who are Iraqi Catholics, have been active in both the Democratic and Republican parties in Michigan.
When President Donald Trump signed an executive order on religious liberty last month, he was surrounded in the White House Rose Garden by religious figures—Catholics, orthodox Jews, Sikhs and a host of evangelical Christians.
That Trump even had rosary beads was news -- practicing Catholics often use the beads for prayers, moving fingers along each bead to keep track of how many times each is said, and repeated.
Catholics continued to bury at the old San Francisco Mission.
Catholics and others saw the work as disrespectful, and an attack on their faith and its teachings.
For more-catholic eaters, knowing where ingredients come from and how to combine them into tasty meals provides its own gratifying sense of mastery.
The left would be a more diverse coalition — black Protestants, Hispanic Catholics, white mainline Protestants, Jews, Muslims, Hindus and humanists might all join in, depending on the issue.
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First Known Use of catholic
CATHOLIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of catholic for English Language Learners
Catholic : of or relating to the Roman Catholic Church
: including many different things
Definition of Catholic for English Language Learners
: a person who is a member of the Roman Catholic Church
CATHOLIC Defined for Kids
Definition of catholic for Students
1 : including many different things or types Mae and Tuck clattered on … past a catholic mixture of houses … — Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting
2 cap : of or relating to the Roman Catholic church
Definition of Catholic for Students
: a member of the Roman Catholic church
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