adjective Etymology: Middle English catholik, from Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French catholique, from Late Latin catholicus, from Greek katholikos universal, general, from katholou in general, from kata by + holos whole — more at cata-, safe Date: 14th century 1. a. often capitalized of, relating to, or forming the church universal b. often capitalized of, relating to, or forming the ancient undivided Christian church or a church claiming historical continuity from it c. capitalized Roman Catholic 2. comprehensive, universal; especially broad in sympathies, tastes, or interests <
a catholic taste in music
catholically adverbcatholicize verb

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