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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.]
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(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.
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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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In a history of the KGB, we read that the Greek Uniate Church of Ukraine (now the Ukrainian Catholic Church) "became the world's largest illegal church.
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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.
(3) Nevertheless, we must point out that there are basically two schools of thought: one initiated by Nicolae Iorga, who proposed the translation "Romanian or Greek religion" (both terms applied to the Eastern faith of the Transylvanian Romanians) and restricted the scope to the Orthodox faith, and another, which firmly associates the adjective romana with Catholicism, especially (according to Canon Augustin Bunea) in its "Uniate" form, later known as Greek-Catholic faith (in other words, the document refers to two distinct denominations of the Transylvanian Romanians).
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