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"


  1. catholic(Adjective)

    Universal; all-encompassing.

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

  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.

  3. Catholic(Noun)

    A member of a Catholic church.

    The wife of the Prime Minister is a Catholic.

  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.

  5. Catholic(Adjective)

    Of the Roman Catholic church.

    The Church of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic one.

  6. Origin: From καθολικός, from κατά + ὅλος

Webster Dictionary

  1. Catholic(adj)

    universal or general; as, the catholic faith

  2. Catholic(adj)

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

  3. Catholic(adj)

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

  4. Catholic(noun)

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

  5. Catholic(noun)

    an adherent of the Roman Catholic church; a Roman Catholic

  6. Origin: [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. Francois Ozon:

    Lyon is extremely Catholic.

  2. Dionisio Garcia:

    The Catholic Church has no role in Santeria.

  3. Ellen Ahmad:

    I'm horrified, it's so sad. As a Catholic, I'm ashamed.

  4. The New York Post:

    Maybe Donald Trump is looking to court the Catholic vote.

  5. Jeb Bush:

    I got a little Catholic guilt, let's just leave it at that.

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