What does Catholic mean?

Definitions for Catholic
ˈkæθ ə lɪk, ˈkæθ lɪkCatholic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Catholicadjective

    a member of a Catholic church

  2. Catholicadjective

    of or relating to or supporting Catholicism

    "the Catholic Church"

  3. catholicadjective

    free from provincial prejudices or attachments

    "catholic in one's tastes"

Wiktionary

  1. catholicadjective

    Universal; all-encompassing.

    Christmas is celebrated at different dates in the Catholic and Orthodox calendars.

    Etymology: From καθολικός, from κατά + ὅλος

  2. catholicadjective

    Pertaining to all kinds of people and their range of tastes, proclivities etc.

    The Church of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic one.

    Etymology: From καθολικός, from κατά + ὅλος

  3. Catholicnoun

    A member of a Catholic church.

    The wife of the Prime Minister is a Catholic.

    Etymology: From καθολικός, from κατά + ὅλος

  4. Catholicadjective

    Of the Western Christian church, as opposed to the Orthodox church.

    Christmas is celebrated at different dates in the Catholic and Orthodox calendars.

    Etymology: From καθολικός, from κατά + ὅλος

  5. Catholicadjective

    Of the Roman Catholic church.

    The Church of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic one.

    Etymology: From καθολικός, from κατά + ὅλος

Webster Dictionary

  1. Catholicadjective

    universal or general; as, the catholic faith

    Etymology: [L. catholicus, Gr. kaqoliko`s, universal, general; kata` down, wholly + "o`los whole, probably akin to E. solid: cf. F. catholique.]

  2. Catholicadjective

    not narrow-minded, partial, or bigoted; liberal; as, catholic tastes

    Etymology: [L. catholicus, Gr. kaqoliko`s, universal, general; kata` down, wholly + "o`los whole, probably akin to E. solid: cf. F. catholique.]

  3. Catholicadjective

    of or pertaining to, or affecting the Roman Catholics; as, the Catholic emancipation act

    Etymology: [L. catholicus, Gr. kaqoliko`s, universal, general; kata` down, wholly + "o`los whole, probably akin to E. solid: cf. F. catholique.]

  4. Catholicnoun

    a person who accepts the creeds which are received in common by all parts of the orthodox Christian church

    Etymology: [L. catholicus, Gr. kaqoliko`s, universal, general; kata` down, wholly + "o`los whole, probably akin to E. solid: cf. F. catholique.]

  5. Catholicnoun

    an adherent of the Roman Catholic church; a Roman Catholic

    Etymology: [L. catholicus, Gr. kaqoliko`s, universal, general; kata` down, wholly + "o`los whole, probably akin to E. solid: cf. F. catholique.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Catholic

    kath′ol-ik, adj. universal: general, embracing the whole body of Christians: orthodox, as opposed to heterodox and sectarian—applied esp. to the Christian Church before the great schism between the East and the West: liberal, the opposite of exclusive: relating to the name claimed by its adherents for the Church of Rome as the alleged sole visible representative of the church founded by Christ and His apostles—the characteristic marks of the Catholic Church being universality, antiquity, unity: relating to the Roman Catholics.—n. an adherent of the R.C. Church.—v.t. Cathol′icise, to make Catholic.—ns. Cathol′icism, Catholic′ity, universality: liberality or breadth of view: the tenets of the R.C. Church; Cathol′icon, a universal remedy or panacea; Cathol′icos, the Patriarch of Armenia.—Catholic creditor (law of Scot.), one whose debt is secured over several or the whole subjects belonging to the debtor—e.g. over two or more heritable estates; Catholic emancipation, the relief of the Roman Catholics from certain vexatious penal regulations and restrictions, granted in 1829; Catholic or General epistles, the name given to certain epistles in the canon addressed not to particular churches or individuals, but either to the Church universal or to a large and indefinite circle of readers—originally only 1 John and 1 Peter, but, as early as the 3d century, also James, Jude, 2 Peter, 2 and 3 John; Catholic king, a title given specially to the king of Spain.—Old Catholics, the title assumed by a number of Catholics who at Munich protested against the new dogma of the personal infallibility of the pope in all ex cathedrâ deliverances proclaimed by the Vatican Council in 1870—now a considerable communion or church in Germany and Switzerland. [Gr. katholicos, universal—kata, throughout, holos, the whole.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Catholic' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3042

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Catholic' in Nouns Frequency: #2307

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Catholic' in Adjectives Frequency: #419

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Catholic in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Catholic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Catholic in a Sentence

  1. Tom Malinowski:

    Denouncing everybody from the Catholic church, to the media... to foreign countries as enemies of the people of Burundi is not going to get us to a successful dialogue.

  2. Pope Benedict:

    In recent weeks, we have all listened to heartbreaking stories from Pennsylvania of brutal crimes perpetrated by people within the Catholic Church, and then obscured to protect the institution at the expense of innocent victims, it is a story all too tragically familiar here in Ireland.

  3. Ronald Rasband:

    We are friends with the Catholic Church, i have been part of an official delegation to go to the Vatican and meet with cardinals and others about not only this project and not only our church in Italy but relative to the interrelationship we have with our friends, the Catholics, all over the world, whether it has to do with humanitarian work, refugee work or freedom of religion in the public square.

  4. Cathleen Kaveny:

    The people who want to restrict abortion also want to undermine and dismantle the Affordable Care Act, for example, which is not consistent with Roman Catholic teaching and which arguably has done more providing women with crisis pregnancies the support they need to reduce abortions than any kind of broader law against the topic or criminalization of it could ever do.

  5. Francis DeBernardo:

    The workshop fills a void at the World Meeting of Families, no speakers at the World Meeting will address the topic of gender identity, yet this is an issue that is being faced by more and more Catholic families and communities in the U.S.

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