What does Catholic mean?

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ˈkæθ ə lɪk, ˈkæθ lɪkCatholic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Catholic(adj)

    a member of a Catholic church

  2. Catholic(adj)

    of or relating to or supporting Catholicism

    "the Catholic Church"

  3. catholic(adj)

    free from provincial prejudices or attachments

    "catholic in one's tastes"

Wiktionary

  1. catholic(Adjective)

    Universal; all-encompassing.

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

    Etymology: From καθολικός, from κατά + ὅλος

  2. catholic(Adjective)

    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. Catholic(Noun)

    A member of a Catholic church.

    The wife of the Prime Minister is a Catholic.

    Etymology: From καθολικός, from κατά + ὅλος

  4. Catholic(Adjective)

    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. Catholic(Adjective)

    Of the Roman Catholic church.

    The Church of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic one.

    Etymology: From καθολικός, from κατά + ὅλος

Webster Dictionary

  1. Catholic(adj)

    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. Catholic(adj)

    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. Catholic(adj)

    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. Catholic(noun)

    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. Catholic(noun)

    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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How to say Catholic in sign language?

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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. 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.

  2. Jim Towey:

    I think the pope’s visit is going to crystallize the fact that there are only a couple of Republicans who are going to be able to appeal to Catholic voters.

  3. Irish Republican:

    I am Irish Republican, irish Republican is someone who believes that the British government should have no part to play in the life of this island. Catholic Irish nationalists believe this island should be free.

  4. Massimo Faggioli:

    This letter is a hit list, it's all the people he thinks are bad for Catholic Church because of their' homosexual agenda.'.

  5. EMEASOBA GEORGE:

    Fallibility is simply defined as state of being capable of making mistakes or being wrong sometimes. Permit me to tell you this, every human is fallible in nature. Yes! you heard me right as usual, even the Pope himself is fallible in nature. That is to say, there is no exception to what I'm writing or talking about. Although, he (the Pope) is widely regarded as infallible according to the dogma of the Roman catholic church. But come on, is the pope (a) catholic? Nevertheless, it is delusion to regard any human as infallible. I mean, anyone who regards any other human as incapable of making mistakes or being wrong is nothing but delusive. Besides, whoever that claims to be infallible has never tried out something new before and it is only a coward who is often reluctant to try out something new, just because of fear of failure. Wait a second, is the Pope (a) catholic? Furthermore, in case you don't know, almighty God is the only one who is ever infallible. Apart from him (Almighty God) no other person is infallible naturally, regardless of world renowned professors. Anyway, do quote me right or rather you can say I said so. ~Emeasoba George

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