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  1. a member of a Catholic church Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. free from provincial prejudices or attachments; "catholic in one's tastes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. Universal or general; as, the catholic faith. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Not narrow-minded, partial, or bigoted; liberal; as, catholic tastes. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Of or pertaining to, or affecting the Roman Catholics; as, the Catholic emancipation act. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. A person who accepts the creeds which are received in common by all parts of the orthodox Christian church. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. An adherent of the Roman Catholic church; a Roman Catholic. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. A member of the Roman Catholic Church. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. Of or pertaining to, or affecting the Roman Catholics; as, the emancipation act. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. An adherent of the Roman church; a Roman Catholic. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Universal; general; including all; as, to read all kinds of books shows a catholic taste in literature; liberal; large-hearted; Catholic, pertaining to the Church of Rome. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. A member of the Catholic Church. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. Universal: general, embracing the whole body of Christians: liberal, the opp. of exclusive: the name claimed by its adherents for the Church of Rome as the representative of the church founded by Christ and his apostles: relating to the Roman Catholics. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. An adherent of the Roman Catholic Church. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. Universal; including all Christians; pertaining to the Roman Catholic church; liberal. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. Pertaining to the whole Christian church. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. Specif.: Of or pertaining (1) to the Church of Rome, (2) to the Church of England, or (3) to the Greek Church. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. Large minded; liberal; universal. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. Universal; embracing or embraced by the whole Church; liberal; pertaining to or affecting Roman Catholics; a member of the Church Catholic; a Roman Catholic. Catholic Church, the whole Christian Church; the Roman Catholic Church. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  20. Universal; general; liberal; not narrow-minded or bigoted. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  21. A name commonly applied to the adherents of the Church of Rome. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  22. kath'ol-ik, adj. universal: general, embracing the whole body of Christians: orthodox, as opposed to heterodox and sectarian--applied esp. to the Christian Church before the great schism between the East and the West: liberal, the opposite of exclusive: relating to the name claimed by its adherents for the Church of Rome as the alleged sole visible representative of the church founded by Christ and His apostles--the characteristic marks of the Catholic Church being universality, antiquity, unity: relating to the Roman Catholics.--n. an adherent of the R.C. Church.--v.t. CATHOL'ICISE, to make Catholic.--ns. CATHOL'ICISM, CATHOLIC'ITY, universality: liberality or breadth of view: the tenets of the R.C. Church; CATHOL'ICON, a universal remedy or panacea; CATHOL'ICOS, the Patriarch of Armenia.--CATHOLIC CREDITOR (law of Scot.), one whose debt is secured over several or the whole subjects belonging to the debtor--e.g. over two or more heritable estates; CATHOLIC EMANCIPATION, the relief of the Roman Catholics from certain vexatious penal regulations and restrictions, granted in 1829; CATHOLIC or GENERAL EPISTLES, the name given to certain epistles in the canon addressed not to particular churches or individuals, but either to the Church universal or to a large and indefinite circle of readers--originally only 1 John and 1 Peter, but, as early as the 3d century, also James, Jude, 2 Peter, 2 and 3 John; CATHOLIC KING, a title given specially to the king of Spain.--OLD CATHOLICS, the title assumed by a number of Catholics who at Munich protested against the new dogma of the personal infallibility of the pope in all ex cathedrâ deliverances proclaimed by the Vatican Council in 1870--now a considerable communion or church in Germany and Switzerland. [Gr. katholicos, universal--kata, throughout, holos, the whole.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  23. 1. Universal; of interest or use to all men; all-embracing, of wide sympathies, broad-minded, tolerant; C. Epistles, encyclical (those of James, Peter, Jude, & John-2 &John being irregularly included-; of. CANONICAL). 2. (Eccl.) C. Church, whole body of Christians; c., belonging (a) to this, (b) to the church before separation into Greek or Eastern& Latin or Western, (c) to the Latin church after that separation (cf. ORTHODOX). (d) to the part of the Latin church that remained under the Roman obedience after the reformation, (e) to any church (as the Anglican) claiming continuity with (b); orthodox, in accord with the church in any of above senses, esp. =ROMAN CATHOLIC as (c) in contrast with Protestant, Reformed, Lutheran, &c.; C. King, his C. Majesty, of Spain; hence catholically, catholicly, advv., catholicism n., catholicize v.t., catholico- comb. form. (N.) member of the church in above senses; a Roman Catholic (cf. C. emancipation &c., i.e. of Roman Cc.); old C., member of party that seceded from Rome 1870-1 in Germany. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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