Definition of Catholicism in English:



mass noun
  • 1The faith, practice, and church order of the Roman Catholic Church.

    • ‘Nowadays it is not so easy to know who is a Catholic, or what one understands by Catholicism.’
    • ‘In high school, he abandoned his parents' Hindu faith and converted to Catholicism.’
    • ‘For the mass of Italians the Church and Catholicism were a central part of everyday life.’
    • ‘You seem to be confusing being raised as a Catholic with actually practicing Catholicism, mate.’
    • ‘Families, not bishops, carry and transmit Catholicism, in our culture as any culture.’
    • ‘Moore's preoccupation with faith and with religion, particularly with Catholicism, is a salient feature of his work.’
    • ‘I think the shift can be traced to factors both external and internal to American Catholicism.’
    • ‘Or was her Catholicism simply part of the natural order, just taken for granted?’
    • ‘The strength of Polish Catholicism derived from the church's role as one of the main sources of national identity.’
    • ‘Alone among the great monotheistic faiths, Catholicism is a lover rather than a breaker of icons.’
    • ‘A lot of the traditions carried out in her youth revolved around Catholicism and the Church.’
    • ‘The Catholicism of the forties and fifties cannot and should not be restored.’
    • ‘Yet Catholicism has never condemned all participation in war as morally impermissible.’
    • ‘They brought with them Jesuit missionaries to convert the people to Catholicism.’
    • ‘The Catholicism practiced in Venezuela very much follows the guidelines of the Roman hierarchy.’
    • ‘In preconciliar Catholicism, such questions would be dismissed quickly and easily.’
    • ‘One of the characteristics of Catholicism is a lively devotion to Our Lady.’
    • ‘Church and state are separate today, but Catholicism is the religion of the great majority.’
    • ‘There is no doubt that the shift from the use of Latin to the vernacular was a momentous event in Catholicism.’
    • ‘Obviously Brian felt strongly enough about his Catholicism to insist on a church wedding.’
    1. 1.1 Adherence to the forms of Christian doctrine and practice which are generally regarded as Catholic rather than Protestant or Eastern Orthodox.
      • ‘She also turned to Catholicism and various Christian sects at this time in her search for truth.’
      • ‘They expressly do not claim or desire to be Church in the way that Catholicism and Orthodoxy do.’
      • ‘The difference between Catholicism and Orthodoxy is depicted in iconography, he said.’
      • ‘Indeed, the theological divide between Catholicism and Protestantism was not so clear-cut as it may appear at first sight.’
      • ‘Most Londoners were Protestants and regarded Catholicism as a force for reaction.’
      • ‘This is a mystical Catholicism that sits well with my Protestantism via William Blake.’
      • ‘Christianity, including both Catholicism and Protestantism, has become a major religion.’
      • ‘Eastern Orthodoxy and Catholicism entered the picture among the extended family, but didn't quite make it home to Britain.’
      • ‘But later events have proved that Protestantism is no more a safeguard of freedom than Catholicism.’
      • ‘His application of juridical categories to the conception of the Church permanently influenced western Catholicism.’
      • ‘A clue to where the problem lies can be found in her various summaries of Lutheranism and Catholicism.’
      • ‘She is a Catholic, not a Protestant, because something in Catholicism appeals to her.’
      • ‘So Shakespeare was always conscious of those tensions between Catholicism and Protestantism.’
      • ‘This is the religious basis of the conflict between fundamental Protestantism and Catholicism.’
      • ‘Less resourceful persons are not more likely to leave Catholicism in favor of Protestantism.’
      • ‘His love of Catholicism and hatred of Protestantism may have clouded his decisions.’