One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A pretended Catholic; one who is falsely called (or lays false claim to being) a Catholic.
Falsely or erroneously called or claiming to be Catholic.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in William Fulke (d. 1589), theologian and college head. From pseudo- + catholic, after post-classical Latin pseudocatholicus, noun, Middle French, French pseudo-catholique, adjective.
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