, Gr. , universel, general; down, wholly + whole, probably akin to E. solid
: cf. F. catholique
- Universal or general; as, the catholic faith.
Men of other countries [came] to bear their part in so great and catholic a war.
✍ This epithet, which is applicable to the whole Christian church, or its faith, is claimed by Roman Catholics to belong especially to their church, and in popular usage is so limited.
- Not narrow-minded, partial, or bigoted; liberal; as, catholic tastes.
- Of or pertaining to, or affecting the Roman Catholics; as, the Catholic emancipation act.