American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of broad or liberal scope; comprehensive: "The 100-odd pages of formulas and constants are surely the most catholic to be found” ( Scientific American).
- adj. Including or concerning all humankind; universal: "what was of catholic rather than national interest” ( J.A. Froude).
- adj. Of or involving the Roman Catholic Church.
- adj. Of or relating to the universal Christian church.
- adj. Of or relating to the ancient undivided Christian church.
- adj. Of or relating to those churches that have claimed to be representatives of the ancient undivided church.
- n. A member of a Catholic church, especially a Roman Catholic.
- adj. Universal; all-encompassing.
- adj. Pertaining to all kinds of people and their range of tastes, proclivities etc.
- From Latin catholicus, from Ancient Greek καθολικός (katholikos), from κατά (kata, "according to") + ὅλος (holos, "whole") (Wiktionary)
- 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; see cata- + holou (from neuter genitive of holos, whole; see sol- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“This is why I left this hypocritical faith after all those years of brainwashing in catholic school!”
“A third-world pope would clearly indicate that this is no longer a European church, that we are truly catholic in the sense that the word catholic means universal," said the Rev.”
“It is true that patristic writers may sometimes play with the word catholic, and develop its etymological suggestiveness with an eye to erudition or edification, but the only connotation upon which they insist as a matter of serious import is the idea of diffusion throughout the world.”
“The pastor of Lyons, however, recognizes the distinction indicated by the word catholic, for he speaks of the _ecclesiastici_ or churchmen, and of those "_qui sunt undique_.”
“The word catholic was obviously quite current in the time of Tertullian.”
“It is taken from the word catholic, used in the sense of universal, or all-embracing.”
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