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Definition of "catholic" []

  • Of broad or liberal scope; comprehensive: "The 100-odd pages of formulas and constants are surely the most catholic to be found” ( Scientific American). (adjective)
  • Including or concerning all humankind; universal: "what was of catholic rather than national interest” ( J.A. Froude). (adjective)
  • Of or involving the Roman Catholic Church. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to the universal Christian church. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to the ancient undivided Christian church. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "catholic" in a sentence
  • "It has converted all the pagan nations that have ever been converted, and the title catholic belongs to the Roman Catholic Church alone."
  • "Nay if it even be what they term catholic, they pretend a title, as if the kings of Castile were the natural heirs of all the world."
  • ": "As for suggesting that such an understanding as Anglicans have of the term catholic opens the way to accepting Buddhism as acceptable for C.ristians, that ... driver8 on Statement from John C. Favalora, Archbishop of Miami, about Father Alberto C.tié"
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