Definition of catholic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkæθlɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæθlɪk//
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  1. 1 Catholic = Roman Catholic Are they Catholic or Protestant? a Catholic church
  2. 2 (also Catholic) (specialist) connected with all Christians or the whole Christian Church
  3. 3(formal) including many or most things to have catholic tastes (= to like many different things)
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (in senses (1 and 2)): from Old French catholique or late Latin catholicus, from Greek katholikos ‘universal’, from kata ‘in respect of’ + holos ‘whole’.
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