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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.


1. a wide range of interests, tastes, etc; liberality
2. universality; comprehensiveness


(Roman Catholic Church) the beliefs, etc, of the Catholic Church


(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.
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
He covers what revelation is, models of revelation, self-revelation, radical revelation, the revelation of apocalyptic personhood, apocalyptic phenomenology, and the catholicity of revelation.
Erik Berggren, Catholicity Challenging Ethnicity: An Ecclesiological Study of Congregations and Churches in Post-apartheid South Africa.
His argument emanates both from the earliest description of the church as catholic and four marks of a qualitative catholicity found within Ignatius of Antioch's writings to the Smyrneans.
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.
As in wives, so in party guests: Seckel's unique genius was his catholicity of taste.
5) On the other hand, illegitimate diversity arises when "[t]he essential catholicity of the Church is undermined when cultural and other differences are allowed to develop into division.
However, the catholicity of Tevis's interest means she does not always bring multiple strands together convincingly.