catholic


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

cath·o·lic

 (kăth′ə-lĭk, kăth′lĭk)
adj.
1. Of broad or liberal scope; comprehensive: "The 100-odd pages of formulas and constants are surely the most catholic to be found" (Scientific American).
2. Including or concerning all humankind; universal: "what was of catholic rather than national interest" (J.A. Froude).
3. Catholic
a. Of or involving the Roman Catholic Church.
b. Of or relating to the universal Christian church.
c. Of or relating to the ancient undivided Christian church.
d. Of or relating to those churches that have claimed to be representatives of the ancient undivided church.
n. Catholic
A member of a Catholic church, especially a Roman Catholic.

[Middle English catholik, universally accepted, from Old French catholique, from Latin catholicus, universal, from Greek katholikos, from katholou, in general : kat-, kata-, down, along, according to; see cata- + holou (from neuter genitive of holos, whole; see sol- in Indo-European roots).]

ca·thol′i·cal·ly (kə-thŏl′ĭk-lē) adv.

catholic

(ˈkæθəlɪk; ˈkæθlɪk)
adj
1. universal; relating to all men; all-inclusive
2. comprehensive in interests, tastes, etc; broad-minded; liberal
[C14: from Latin catholicus, from Greek katholikos universal, from katholou in general, from kata- according to + holos whole]
catholically, catholicly adv

Catholic

(ˈkæθəlɪk; ˈkæθlɪk)
adj
1. (Roman Catholic Church) denoting or relating to the entire body of Christians, esp to the Church before separation into the Greek or Eastern and Latin or Western Churches
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) denoting or relating to the Latin or Western Church after this separation
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) denoting or relating to the Roman Catholic Church
4. (Ecclesiastical Terms) denoting or relating to any church, belief, etc, that claims continuity with or originates in the ancient undivided Church
n
(Ecclesiastical Terms) a member of any of the Churches regarded as Catholic, esp the Roman Catholic Church

cath•o•lic

(ˈkæθ ə lɪk, ˈkæθ lɪk)

adj.
1. universal in extent; encompassing all; wide-ranging: catholic tastes and interests.
2. having broad sympathies; broad-minded; liberal.
3. pertaining to the whole Christian body or church.
[1300–1350; Middle English < Latin catholicus < Greek katholikós general <kathól(ou) universally, contraction of katà hólou according to the whole]
ca•thol•i•cal•ly (kəˈθɒl ɪk li) adv.

Cath•o•lic

(ˈkæθ ə lɪk, ˈkæθ lɪk)

adj.
1. of or pertaining to the Roman Catholic Church.
2. of or pertaining to all the modern churches, as the Anglican and the Greek Orthodox, that have kept the apostolic succession of bishops.
3. of or pertaining to the Christian Church that was formerly undivided.
n.
4. a member of a Catholic church, esp. of the Roman Catholic Church.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.catholic - a member of a Catholic churchCatholic - a member of a Catholic church  
Catholic Church - any of several churches claiming to have maintained historical continuity with the original Christian Church
Christian - a religious person who believes Jesus is the Christ and who is a member of a Christian denomination
Anglican Catholic - a member of the Anglican Church who emphasizes its Catholic character
Greek Catholic - a member of the Greek Orthodox Church
Roman Catholic - a member of the Roman Catholic Church
Uniat, Uniate, Uniate Christian - a member of the Uniat Church
Adj.1.Catholic - of or relating to or supporting Catholicism; "the Catholic Church"
2.catholic - free from provincial prejudices or attachments; "catholic in one's tastes"
broad-minded - inclined to respect views and beliefs that differ from your own; "a judge who is broad-minded but even-handed"

catholic

catholic

adjective
So pervasive and all-inclusive as to exist in or affect the whole world:
Translations
شامِلٌ، جامِعٌكاثوليكيكَاثُولِيكيّ
katolickýkatolíkširokývšestranný
katolikkatolskalsidig
katolinen
katoličkikatolik
katolikus
e-r sem er rómversk-kaòólskurrómversk-kaòólskurvíîsÿnn
カトリックのカトリック教徒
가톨릭교도가톨릭교의
įvairiapusiškaskatalikaskatalikiškaskatalikųkatalikybė
daudzpusīgskatoliskatoliskskatoļu-visaptverošs
katolíckykatolík
katoliški
katolikkatolsk
นิกายคาทอลิคผู้นับถือนิกายคาทอลิค
KatolikRoman Katolik Kilisesine aityaygınaçık fikirligenel
theo Công giáotín đồ Công giáo

catholic

[ˈkæθəlɪk]
A. ADJ
1. (Roman) Catholiccatólico
the Catholic Churchla Iglesia Católica
2. (= wide-ranging) [tastes, interests] → católico
B. N Catholiccatólico/a m/f

Catholic

[ˈkæθəlɪk]
adj [priest, church, faith] → catholique
ncatholique mf
I'm a Catholic → Je suis catholique.

catholic

[ˈkæθəlɪk] adj
(= varied) [programme] → éclectique
to be of catholic tastes → avoir des goûts éclectiques
(= unrestrictive) [view, approach] → large

Catholic

adj (Eccl) → katholisch; the Catholic Churchdie katholische Kirche
nKatholik(in) m(f)

catholic

adj (= varied)vielseitig; he’s a man of very catholic tasteser ist (ein) sehr vielseitig interessiert(er Mensch)

Catholic

[ˈkæθlɪk] (Rel)
1. adj (Roman Catholic) → cattolico/a
the Catholic Church → la Chiesa Cattolica
2. ncattolico/a

catholic

[ˈkæθlɪk] adj (wide-ranging, taste, interests) → ampio/a, vasto/a, eclettico/a

catholic

(ˈkӕθəlik) adjective
1. wide-ranging in one's taste etc. a catholic taste in books.
2. (with capital) Roman Catholic.
noun
(with capital) a Roman Catholic.
Catholicism (kəˈθolisizəm) noun
Roman Catholicism.

catholic

كَاثُولِيكيّ katolický, katolík katolik, katolsk Katholik, katholisch καθολικός católico katolinen catholique katolički, katolik cattolico カトリックの, カトリック教徒 가톨릭교도, 가톨릭교의 katholiek katolikk, katolsk katolicki, katolik católico католик, католический katolik, katolsk นิกายคาทอลิค, ผู้นับถือนิกายคาทอลิค Katolik theo Công giáo, tín đồ Công giáo 天主教, 天主教的
References in classic literature ?
To me it is a rosary, and as such I should use it like a good catholic," said Esther, eyeing the handsome thing wistfully.
The nearest Catholic cemetery was at Black Hawk, and it might be weeks before a wagon could get so far.
Add to this the violent opposition of her father and her sister Margaret to her marriage with a Catholic, and we need seek no further for the motives which led her to accept Monsieur Pontellier.
She remembered -- betwixt a smile and a shudder -- the talk of the neighbouring townspeople, who, seeking vainly elsewhere for the child's paternity, and observing some of her odd attributes, had given out that poor little Pearl was a demon offspring: such as, ever since old Catholic times, had occasionally been seen on earth, through the agency of their mother's sin, and to promote some foul and wicked purpose.
I mean, sir, the same ancient Catholic Church to which you and I, and Captain Peleg there, and Queequeg here, and all of us, and every mother's son and soul of us belong; the great and everlasting First Congregation of this whole worshipping world; we all belong to that; only some of us cherish some queer crotchets noways touching the grand belief; in that we all join hands.
For by a Portuguese Catholic priest, this very idea of Jonah's going to Nineveh via the Cape of Good Hope was advanced as a signal magnification of the general miracle.
The destiny of civilization would be decided in one final death struggle between the Red International and the Black, between Socialism and the Roman Catholic Church; while here at home, "the stygian midnight of American evangelicalism--"
It's more than a Catholic penance, and does no more good.
There you see the hand of that awful power, the Roman Catholic Church.
Cathy thinks Dorcas is the best Catholic in America except herself.
She was a devoted Catholic, and was perhaps quite a model sort of a Christian as Christians went then, in high life.
In the same book, I met with one of Sheridan's mighty speeches on and in behalf of Catholic eman- cipation.