Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The faith, doctrine, system, and practice of a Catholic church, especially the Roman Catholic Church.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The faiths, practices and doctrines of a Catholic Church, but especially of the Roman Catholic Church
  • n. The state or quality of being catholic or universal; catholicity. —Jer. Taylor.
  • n. Liberality of sentiment; breadth of view.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being catholic or universal; catholicity.
  • n. Liberality of sentiment; breadth of view.
  • n. The faith of the whole orthodox Christian church, or adherence thereto.
  • n. The doctrines or faith of the Roman Catholic church, or adherence thereto.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as catholicity, 1 and 2.
  • n. Adherence to the Roman Catholic Church; the Roman Catholic faith: as, a convert to Catholicism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the beliefs and practices of a Catholic Church

Etymologies

Compare French catholicisme. (Wiktionary)

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