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"


  1. catholicadjective

    Universal; all-encompassing.

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

  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.

  3. Catholicnoun

    A member of a Catholic church.

    The wife of the Prime Minister is a Catholic.

  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.

  5. Catholicadjective

    Of the Roman Catholic church.

    The Church of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic one.

  6. Etymology: From καθολικός, from κατά + ὅλος

Webster Dictionary

  1. Catholicadjective

    universal or general; as, the catholic faith

  2. Catholicadjective

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

  3. Catholicadjective

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

  4. Catholicnoun

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

  5. Catholicnoun

    an adherent of the Roman Catholic church; a Roman Catholic

  6. 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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  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. Anthony Scaramucci:

    This is the problem with the leaking, this is actually a terrible thing. Let’s say I ’m Anthony Scaramucci today. The fact that you guys know about it before he does really upsets me as a human being and as a Roman Catholic.

  2. Keith Allman:

    I'm raised Catholic, and I thought that (the hijab) was a control mechanism of men over women, she had me thinking it's not different than praying a rosary.

  3. Sister Donna Markham:

    I certainly knew I wasn't selected to be president of Catholic Charities because I was a woman. I think I was asked to do it because people trusted my ability, now, is it thrilling to me that, in this day and age, we can see the page turn a bit and see women called to exercise leadership in our church in some very important ways? That is thrilling to me. But, I stand with other women who do that. Not just Catholic Charities.

  4. Jeb Bush:

    Look, the climate is changing, i believe there are technological solutions for just about everything. And I'm sure there's one for this as well. So I respect the Pope, I think he's an incredible leader, but I think it's better to solve this problem in the political realm... I'm a Catholic and I try to follow the teachings of the Church.

  5. Callista Gingrich:

    President Trump takes this issue very seriously and has expressed President Trump sadness at the allegations of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, the United States Embassy has engaged senior Vatican City officials on this matter and will continue to do so.

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