cath·​o·​lic·​i·​ty | \ ˌka-thə-ˈli-sə-tē How to pronounce catholicity (audio) , ˌkath-ˈli- \
plural catholicities

Definition of catholicity

1 capitalized : the character of being in conformity with a Catholic church
2a : liberality of sentiments or views catholicity of viewpoint— W. V. O'Connor
c : comprehensive range catholicity of topics

Examples of catholicity in a Sentence

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First Known Use of catholicity

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Catholicity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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