One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Including a wide variety of things; all-embracing.‘her tastes are pretty catholic’diverse, diversified, wide, broad, broad-based, eclectic, indiscriminateView synonyms
Late Middle English: from Catholic.
1Of the Roman Catholic faith.
- ‘Some catholic priests will allow mixed marriages and some won't.’
- ‘It is indisputable that Catholic education is rooted in a faith community.’
- ‘With or without the pope, the catholic universities go on training young theologians.’
- ‘In late 1984 I was living in sin in the Latrobe Valley with a girl of catholic upbringing.’
- ‘The review was being conducted in seven regional zones, plus another concentrating on catholic schools.’
- ‘He had been briefly married to Mary, Queen of Scots, who was herself ardently catholic and influenced by the Guise family.’
- ‘I owe all of my successes to one Catholic priest and to Christ, who inspired him.’
- ‘Would the Huguenot Bourbon family, if successful, tolerate a catholic monarchy?’
- ‘I was born and raised catholic, but I was always uneasy with my catholic education.’
- ‘The funeral was a Catholic Requiem Mass, but the variety of groups of Philip's friends made the event anything but catholic.’
- ‘The two principles that guided his life and career were a deep Catholic faith and Catalan nationalism.’
- ‘Protestant Christianity rejects the cult of the saints so crucial to medieval and modern Catholic Christianity.’
- ‘It was used to teach catholic children the truths of their religion when that religion was suppressed in England.’
- ‘Since 1854, the immaculate conception has been an essential dogma of the Catholic faith.’
- ‘For what Galileo did next was to set out at great length his arguments that the Catholic faith should not in any way depend on facts of science.’
- ‘Believing in the authenticity of such apparitions is not even a requirement of Catholic faith.’
- ‘In high school, there was a series of talks on various social issues given to us by devoutly catholic speakers.’
- ‘Elaborate meals are served on Christmas Eve by Catholic families who attend midnight Mass.’
- ‘Archbishop Cullen then presided over a committee to set up a catholic university.’
- ‘School pupils were put to the taste test when TV chef Peter Vaughan visited St Augustine's catholic college.’
- 1.1 Of or including all Christians.
- ‘To the extent this is true, it is a betrayal of the universal and catholic mission of Orthodoxy.’
- 1.2 Relating to the historic doctrine and practice of the Western Church.‘the Church of England must not compromise its Catholic principles’
- ‘Actually they seem to argue more accurately for certain heresies than they do for the Catholic doctrines.’
- ‘Plus, historical evidence shows that the Catholic church did at least appoint women as deacons between the third and ninth centuries.’
- ‘So also, in Catholic and Orthodox Christianity is the image of the Mother and Child.’
- ‘One reason, no doubt, was the Oxford Movement and its revival of Catholic practice.’
- ‘Moreover, far from being a heretic, he loyally endorsed the essentials of Catholic doctrine.’
A member of the Roman Catholic Church.
- ‘As a practising Catholic I find that such claims are best left to priests or religious teachers.’
- ‘I don't get involved in debates between Catholics and Protestants about the Pope.’
- ‘The crowning of James did indeed herald a more lenient and accepting climate for Catholics initially.’
- ‘Being a catholic the hostess went and bought some fish, then with salad and wine in hand we went to their place for a yummy fish feast.’
- ‘It was ordinary Catholics, however, who suffered the longest as a result of the Gunpowder Plot.’
- ‘The Vatican will either give ground to ease the pressure on Catholics in China or it will not.’
- ‘He is backing a call by Italian bishops for all Catholics to abstain from voting.’
- ‘Under the law of the church, remarried Catholics are prohibited from communion.’
- ‘However, the conflict between Protestants and Catholics was all too often bloody.’
- ‘It is also time that ordinary lay Catholics be given more positions of responsibility in the Church.’
- ‘Both his father and mother, he says, were devout Catholics and daily mass-goers.’
- ‘His father William was a catholic, but his mother was a Protestant.’
- ‘Though when she was child, she did think that the Catholics spent an inordinate amount of time in church.’
- ‘Traditionally, Catholics see their church as partner of the state, not part of it.’
- ‘But what happens if a future monarch either is a catholic, or converts to Catholicism?’
- ‘In such a church, no one could seriously hope to control what Catholics read and hear.’
- ‘He was a devout catholic and was always writing prayers to his patron saint, Saint Rita of lost causes.’
- ‘He also opposed discrimination against Catholics by local government agencies.’
- ‘She was a single lady who was a devout catholic and deeply religious.’
- ‘He classed Calvinists and Catholics as his enemies and it was difficult to assess whose side he was actually on.’
Late Middle English: from Old French catholique or late Latin catholicus, from Greek katholikos ‘universal’, from kata ‘in respect of’ + holos ‘whole’.
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