Catholic

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French catholique, from Latin catholicus, from Ancient Greek καθολικός (katholikós, universal), from κατά (katá, according to) + ὅλος (hólos, whole)

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Catholic (comparative more Catholic, superlative most Catholic)

  1. Of the Western Christian church, as differentiated from e.g. the Orthodox church.
    Christmas is celebrated at different dates in the Catholic and Orthodox calendars.
  2. Of the Roman Catholic church in particular.
    The Church of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic one.
    Catholic churches are built differently than Protestant ones.
  3. alternative case form of catholic

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Catholic (plural Catholics)

  1. A member of a Catholic church.
    The wife of the Prime Minister is a Catholic.

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