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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.]


(ˈyu ni ɪt, -ˌeɪt)

also U•ni•at


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]
U′ni•at•ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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 lawUniate - 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
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The ancestors of his informants, representing several communities of Christians belonging to the Assyrian Church of the East and its Uniate counterpart, the Chaldean Catholic Church, had previously resided in the mountains of Hakkari (today in southeastern Turkey), but the fortunes of the First World War and a series of massacres displaced them from their homeland.
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of California, Berkeley) describes the multiethnic populace of seventeenth-century Wilno (Vilnius) in Lithuania, which worshipped in Calvinist, Lutheran, Uniate, Catholic, and Orthodox churches as well as mosque and synagogue, while coexisting relatively peacefully.
Some very few Ukrainians belong to the Ukrainian Uniate Church (11 persons officially registered), and Armenians have their own churches in Tallinn with services conducted in their own native language.
See Barbara Skinner, The Western Front of the Eastern Church: Uniate and Orthodox Conflict in Eighteenth Century Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia (DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2009).
Skinner maintains that the Uniate church was created on the initiative of Ruthenians themselves in this context, some of whom felt the Orthodox church was at a disadvantage in the confessional disputes because of a lack of education and effective leadership (from Constantinople).
Moscow's well-defined strategy was to force the Roman Catholic and Uniate churches to break their links with the Vatican and to keep the resulting "national" churches in its own power.
Religions: Roman Catholic 94%, Eastern Orthodox, Uniate, Protestant, Judaism.
Nor was it distinctively Russian: the treatise from which it comes was a handbook for Westernizing Russian church music according to principles first applied in Uniate Ukraine, where the Orthodox liturgy was first adapted to music in the style of Venetian concerted motets, which had become popular in Catholic Poland.
The republic is populated by minority Uniate Catholics, who tend to look West, and the majority Orthodox, who often look East.
I also admired very much the freedom fight of the Ukrainians and especially of the Uniate church, which is today the dominant church of at least Southern and Western Ukraine.
EVEN specialists who excavate the depths of language in Saxo-Celtic Oral Uniate Spoken English - or SCOUSE, as it is now known - can be surprised by history.