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Meaning of CATHOLIC

Pronunciation:  'kathulik, 'kathulik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a member of a Catholic church
  2. [adj]  free from provincial prejudices or attachments; "catholic in one's tastes"
  3. [adj]  of or relating to or supporting Catholicism; "the Catholic Church"

CATHOLIC is a 8 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: broad-minded
 See Also: Anglican Catholic, Catholic Church, Christian, Greek Catholic, Holy Father, pontiff, pope, Roman Catholic, starets, Uniat, Uniate, Vicar of Christ



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cath"o*lic\ (k[a^]th"[-o]*[i^]k), a. [L. catholicus,
    Gr. kaqoliko`s, universal, general; kata` down, wholly +
    "o`los whole, probably akin to E. solid: cf. F. catholique.]
    1. Universal or general; as, the catholic faith.
             Men of other countries [came] to bear their part in
             so great and catholic a war.          --Southey.
    Note: This epithet, which is applicable to the whole
          Christian church, or its faith, is claimed by Roman
          Catholics to belong especially to their church, and in
          popular usage is so limited.
    2. Not narrow-minded, partial, or bigoted; liberal; as,
       catholic tastes.
    3. Of or pertaining to, or affecting the Roman Catholics; as,
       the Catholic emancipation act.
    {Catholic epistles}, the epistles of the apostles which are
       addressed to all the faithful, and not to a particular
       church; being those of James, Peter, Jude, and John.
  2. \Cath"o*lic\, n.
    1. A person who accepts the creeds which are received in
       common by all parts of the orthodox Christian church.
    2. An adherent of the Roman Catholic church; a Roman
    {Old Catholic}, the name assumed in 1870 by members of the
       Roman Catholic church, who denied the ecumenical character
       of the Vatican Council, and rejected its decrees, esp.
       that concerning the infallibility of the pope, as contrary
       to the ancient Catholic faith.
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