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1. The condition or quality of being catholic; breadth or inclusiveness.
2. General application or acceptance; universality.
3. Catholicity Roman Catholicism.
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1. a wide range of interests, tastes, etc; liberality
2. universality; comprehensiveness


(Roman Catholic Church) the beliefs, etc, of the Catholic Church
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(ˌkæθ əˈlɪs ɪ ti)

1. broad-mindedness, as of tastes, interests, or views.
2. universality.
3. (cap.) the Roman Catholic Church, or its doctrines and usages.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.catholicity - the beliefs and practices of a Catholic ChurchCatholicity - the beliefs and practices of a Catholic Church
Christian religion, Christianity - a monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior
papism, Roman Catholicism, Romanism - the beliefs and practices of the Catholic Church based in Rome
Eastern Catholicism - the beliefs and practices of any of the eastern Catholic Churches based in Constantinople or Antioch or Alexandria or Moscow or Jerusalem
2.catholicity - the quality of being universalcatholicity - the quality of being universal; existing everywhere
generality - the quality of being general or widespread or having general applicability
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Utterson; for he was undemonstrative at the best, and even his friendship seemed to be founded in a similar catholicity of good-nature.
A bird remarkable for the catholicity of its appetite and serving to illustrate that of ours.
Among the topics are Owen's theological spirituality: navigating perceived threats in a changing world, his reception in early modernity, whether the right to punish is a private or public right: Owen's debate with the Socinians on the uis puniendi in the context of early modern developments, Owen as a modern theologian: a comparison of ecclesial catholicity in Cyprian and Owen, and his view of happiness compared with orthodoxy and modernity.
3), Sorett points to the development of "a racial catholicity" in the 1940s, which he defines as "a formation that resulted from the convergence of a shift toward the universal in black writing and the marked expansion of an African American presence within the Roman Catholic Church" (80).
Erik Berggren, Catholicity Challenging Ethnicity: An Ecclesiological Study of Congregations and Churches in Post-apartheid South Africa.
This book builds upon a foundation established in his earlier work, Tbwards Baptist Catholicity: Essays on Tradition and the Baptist Vision.
Catholicity, which of course means "according to the whole," has to be created.
Throughout Catholicity, we find a satisfying philosophical elaboration and fulfillment of the principles outlined in Fides et Ratio, with its sense of the life of reason as an act of the whole person conducted always in contact with being as truth.
It also prepares the way for investigating the social impact of theological notions like catholicity in societies of exclusion.
The segments are "What Is Calvinism?", "Calvinism's Foundational Experience", "God's Sovereignty", "A Life of Holiness", "Godly Catholicity", and "Communion with God".
As in wives, so in party guests: Seckel's unique genius was his catholicity of taste.