Definitions

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

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  • adj. Universal; all-encompassing.
  • adj. Pertaining to all kinds of people and their range of tastes, proclivities etc.

Etymologies

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

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).

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From Latin catholicus, from Ancient Greek καθολικός (katholikos), from κατά (kata, "according to") + ὅλος (holos, "whole")

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  • what in the name of god.

    June 19, 2012