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 (yo͞o′nē-ăt′, -ĭt) also U·ni·ate (-ĭt, -āt′)Often Offensive
Of or relating to the Eastern Catholic churches.
A member of an Eastern Catholic church.

[Russian uniyat, from Polish uniat, the Union of Brest (1596), which established the churches, from unija, union, from Late Latin ūniō; see union.]


(ˈjuːnɪˌæt) or


(Eastern Church (Greek & Russian Orthodox)) designating any of the Eastern Churches that retain their own liturgy but submit to papal authority
(Eastern Church (Greek & Russian Orthodox)) a member of one of these Churches
[C19: from Russian uniyat, from Polish unja union, from Late Latin ūniō; see union]
ˈUniˌatism n
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Uniat - a member of the Uniat Church
Uniat Church, Uniate Church - any of several churches in eastern Europe or the Middle East that acknowledge papal authority but retain their own liturgy
Catholic - a member of a Catholic church
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From the same imagological perspective, the Greek Catholics are to the Orthodox "aggressive", "pursuing scandal at any cost", and their actions are part of "a series of assaults of Uniat believers against the majority of the country, especially in recent years, particularly in counties north-west of Transylvania, near the Hungarian-Romanian border, actions that have an obvious proselytizing character, trying to disrupt the existing confessional balance and irresponsibly threatening social peace" (21).
In the case of isolated populations in Uniat villages in Romania and Hungary, it is a search in what may be termed "authentic and invented religious traditions" (Strphanie Mahieu, "Icons and/or Statues?
This is different from the Uniat Churches of the Roman tradition, who recognize the papal supremacy but retain their own distinct liturgy.
Slavs of all varieties from all provinces and speaking all dialects were there to be found: Slavs from Little Russia and from Great Russia, the alert Polak, the heavy Croatian, the haughty Magyar, and occasionally the stalwart Dalmatian from the Adriatic, in speech mostly Ruthenian, in religion orthodox Greek Catholic or Uniat and Roman Catholic.