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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Catholic  \Cath"o*lic\  (k[a^]th"[-o]*[i^]k),  a.  [L.  catholicus, 
  Gr  kaqoliko`s,  universal,  general;  kata`  down  wholly  + 
  "o`los  whole,  probably  akin  to  E.  solid:  cf  F.  catholique.] 
  1.  Universal  or  general;  as  the  catholic  faith. 
 
  Men  of  other  countries  [came]  to  bear  their  part  in 
  so  great  and  catholic  a  war.  --Southey. 
 
  Note:  This  epithet,  which  is  applicable  to  the  whole 
  Christian  church,  or  its  faith,  is  claimed  by  Roman 
  Catholics  to  belong  especially  to  their  church,  and  in 
  popular  usage  is  so  limited. 
 
  2.  Not  narrow-minded,  partial,  or  bigoted;  liberal;  as 
  catholic  tastes. 
 
  3.  Of  or  pertaining  to  or  affecting  the  Roman  Catholics;  as 
  the  Catholic  emancipation  act 
 
  {Catholic  epistles},  the  epistles  of  the  apostles  which  are 
  addressed  to  all  the  faithful,  and  not  to  a  particular 
  church;  being  those  of  James,  Peter,  Jude,  and  John. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Catholic  \Cath"o*lic\,  n. 
  1.  A  person  who  accepts  the  creeds  which  are  received  in 
  common  by  all  parts  of  the  orthodox  Christian  church. 
 
  2.  An  adherent  of  the  Roman  Catholic  church;  a  Roman 
  Catholic. 
 
  {Old  Catholic},  the  name  assumed  in  1870  by  members  of  the 
  Roman  Catholic  church,  who  denied  the  ecumenical  character 
  of  the  Vatican  Council,  and  rejected  its  decrees,  esp. 
  that  concerning  the  infallibility  of  the  pope,  as  contrary 
  to  the  ancient  Catholic  faith. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Catholic 
  adj  1:  of  or  relating  to  or  supporting  Catholicism;  "the  Catholic 
  Church"  [syn:  {Catholic}] 
  2:  free  from  provincial  prejudices  or  attachments;  "catholic  in 
  one's  tastes" 
  n  :  a  member  of  a  Catholic  church  [syn:  {Catholic}] 




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