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Catholic of or including all Christians; of or relating to the historic doctrine and practice of the Western Church; Roman Catholic. The term is recorded from late Middle English and comes via Old French or late Latin from Greek katholikos ‘universal’, from kata ‘in respect of’ + holos ‘whole’.
Catholic Church the Church universal, the whole body of Christians; also, the Church of Rome.
Catholic Emancipation the term for the granting of full political and civil liberties to Roman Catholics in Britain and Ireland. This was effected by the Catholic Emancipation Act of 1829, which repealed restrictive laws, including that which barred Catholics from holding public office.
Catholic League in 16th-century France, the party headed by the Guise family, the Holy League.

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Catholic

Catholic (Gk., katholikos, ‘universal’). A term used variously with reference to Christian belief and institutions.1. Most generally, of the Church in the whole world, as distinct from local congregations.2. Especially in historical writers, of the great body of Christians in communion with the major sees and not divided by heresy or schism.3. Of churches, institutions, and doctrines which claim as their basis a continuous tradition of faith and practice from the apostles—the claim is contrasted with Protestant appeals to the Bible alone. See also ANGLOCATHOLICS.4. As a synonym for Roman Catholic; it then applies to all churches, including the Uniat churches, in communion with the bishop of Rome. See also OLD CATHOLICS.

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cath·o·lic / ˈka[unvoicedth](ə)lik/ • adj. 1. (esp. of a person's tastes) including a wide variety of things; all-embracing. 2. (Catholic) of the Roman Catholic faith. ∎  of or including all Christians. ∎  of or relating to the historic doctrine and practice of the Western Church. • n. (Catholic) a member of the Roman Catholic Church. DERIVATIVES: cath·o·lic·i·ty / ˌka[unvoicedth](ə)ˈlisətē/ n. ca·thol·ic·ly adv.

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catholic universal (spec. of the Christian Church) XIV; sb. member of the Catholic Church XV. — (O)F. catholique or its source ChrL. catholicus — Gr. katholikós general, universal, f. katá in respect of (cf. CATA-) + hólos whole.
Hence catholicism, catholicize XVII; catholicity XIX.

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