American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The condition or quality of being catholic; breadth or inclusiveness.
- n. General application or acceptance; universality.
- n. Roman Catholicism.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being catholic or universal; catholic character or position; universality: as, the catholicity of a doctrine. Also sometimes catholicism.
- n. The quality of being catholic or liberal-minded; freedom from prejudices or narrow-mindedness: as, the catholicity of one's taste for literature. Also sometimes Catholicism.
- n. The Roman Catholic Church, or its doctrines and usages.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The state or quality of being catholic; universality.
- n. Liberality of sentiments; catholicism.
- n. Adherence or conformity to the system of doctrine held by all parts of the orthodox Christian church; the doctrine so held; orthodoxy.
- n. Adherence to the doctrines of the church of Rome, or the doctrines themselves.
- n. the quality of being universal; existing everywhere
- n. the beliefs and practices of a Catholic Church
“This age is craving for what it calls catholicity; for more complete interchange and brotherhood of thought between all the nations of the earth.”
“One might apply to him the word catholicity if it were not far too big and dignified an epithet.”
“But she, in externally Christianizing the world, permits herself to be seduced by the world; thus her universality or catholicity is not that of the”
“It surpasses any limited point of view, it expands to reality as a whole, universitas means universal, all encompassing, turning or opening to all directions, katolitos… In the sense that Sri Aurobindo used the word "catholicity" of thought, meaning seeing all points of view at the same time.”
“I think it would be more correct to argue that Lewis was a fine scholar who avoided the pitfalls of academic narrow-mindedness because of a combination of things: his great love of truth, the "catholicity" of his perspective even though he had a certain dislike for Rome, and his desire to reach a broad, popular audience without compromising essentials.”
“Well, this Bishop Westcott spoke once enthusiastically of "_the noble catholicity which is the glory of the English Church_.”
“diversity," we view the peaceable people of God under the category of "catholicity" - a more traditional theological term - we, along with Jonah and the Ninevites, have to acknowledge that the diversity, the catholicity of the Kingdom derives not from our determination, our legislation, our schism-atation to include or exclude anyone, but from the wisdom of God alone.”
“The church, however, used "catholicity" as a name for universal submission to the bishop of Rome and for hierarchical discipline, and used all means to try to realize that conception.”
“In "catholicity," they are not inferior to those of Dr. Watts; in "daring and victorious flights" of spiritual aspiration, they sometimes rival those of Charles”
“In February, Pope Benedict spoke of St Bede's emphasis on "catholicity" which he defined as”
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