from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make or become catholic.
- transitive v. To convert or be converted to Catholicism.
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- v. Alternative spelling of Catholicize.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- v. To make or to become catholic or Roman Catholic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To become a Catholic.
- To convert to the Roman Catholic faith.
- Also spelled Catholicise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause to adopt Catholicism
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I interpret this latest little burst of controversy as signalling several things: Some traditionalist Catholics I'd call them Catholic triumphalists would like to over-catholicize the Taize movement.
Portuguese sought to catholicize them by very harsh means, and succeeded only in attracting their dislike.
[The passage] is about the Polish magnates 'desire to catholicize the Ukrainian population, in order to have more influence on it and to eventually assimilate it.