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U·ni·at(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.]
U•ni•ate(ˈyu ni ɪt, -ˌeɪt)
a member of an Eastern church that is in union with the Roman Catholic Church, acknowledges the Roman pope as supreme in matters of faith, but maintains its own liturgy, discipline, and rite.
[1825–35; < Ukrainian uni(y)át=úni(ya) the Union of Brest-Litovsk (1596), an acceptance of papal supremacy by some Orthodox clerics in Poland (< Polish uni(j)a < Latin ūniō union) + -(y)at « Latin -ātus -ate1]
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|Noun||1.||Uniate - 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
|Adj.||1.||Uniate - of or relating to former Eastern Christian or Orthodox churches that have been received under the jurisdiction of the Church of Rome but retain their own rituals and practices and canon law|