Catholic meaning

kăth'ə-lĭk, kăth'lĭk
The definition of catholic is something that is wide-ranging, comprehensive, or refers to something or someone related to the Christian church or the Roman Catholic Church.

A person who enjoys all types of food is an example of someone with catholic tastes.

A study that includes information on every crime committed within a one year timeframe is an example of a catholic study.

A person who is a member of the Roman Catholic Church is an example of a catholic.

A person who is a Christian and who goes to church every Sunday is an example of someone who believes in the catholic church.

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A member of a Catholic church, especially a Roman Catholic.
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Pertaining to all kinds of people and their range of tastes, proclivities etc.; liberal.

He has catholic tastes.

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Of general scope or value; all-inclusive; universal.
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Broad in sympathies, tastes, or understanding; liberal.
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Of the Christian church as a whole; specif., of the ancient, undivided Christian church.
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Of the Christian church headed by the pope; Roman Catholic.
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A member of the universal Christian church.
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Of any of the orthodox Christian churches, including the Roman, Greek Orthodox, Anglo-Catholic, etc., as distinguished from the Reformed or Protestant churches.
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A member of any of the Catholic churches; esp., a Roman Catholic.
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Universal; all-encompassing.
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Alternative capitalization of Catholic.
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Of the Western Christian church, as differentiated from e.g. the Orthodox church.

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

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Of the Roman Catholic church in particular.

The Church of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic one.

Catholic churches are built differently than Protestant ones.

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Alternative capitalization of catholic.
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A member of a Catholic church.

The wife of the Prime Minister is a Catholic.

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Of broad or liberal scope; comprehensive.
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Including or concerning all humankind; universal.
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Origin of catholic

  • Middle English catholik universally accepted from Old French catholique from Latin catholicus universal from Greek katholikos from katholou in general kat-, kata- down, along, according to cata– holou (from) (neuter genitive of holos whole sol- in Indo-European roots)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French catholique, from Latin catholicus, from Ancient Greek καθολικός (katholikos, “universal”), from κατά (kata, “according to”) + ὅλος (holos, “whole”)
    From Wiktionary
  • From Old French catholique, from Latin catholicus, from Ancient Greek καθολικός (katholikos), from κατά (kata, “according to”) + ὅλος (holos, “whole”)
    From Wiktionary