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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kath-uh-lik, kath-lik]
    • /ˈkæθ ə lɪk, ˈkæθ lɪk/
    • /ˈkæθ.əl.ɪk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kath-uh-lik, kath-lik]
    • /ˈkæθ ə lɪk, ˈkæθ lɪk/

Definitions of catholic word

  • adjective catholic The Catholic Church is the branch of the Christian Church that accepts the Pope as its leader and is based in the Vatican in Rome. 3
  • countable noun catholic A Catholic is a member of the Catholic Church. 3
  • adjective catholic If you describe a collection of things or people as catholic, you are emphasizing that they are very varied. 3
  • adjective catholic universal; relating to all men; all-inclusive 3
  • adjective catholic comprehensive in interests, tastes, etc; broad-minded; liberal 3
  • adjective catholic denoting or relating to the entire body of Christians, esp to the Church before separation into the Greek or Eastern and Latin or Western Churches 3

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Origin of catholic

First appearance:

before 1300
One of the 15% oldest English words
1300-1350; Middle English < Latin catholicus < Greek katholikós general, equivalent to kathól(ou) universally (contraction of phrase katà hólou according to the whole; see cata-, holo-) + -ikos -ic

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Parts of speech for Catholic


catholic popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

catholic usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for catholic

adj catholic

  • liberal — favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.
  • generic — of, applicable to, or referring to all the members of a genus, class, group, or kind; general.
  • comprehensive — Something that is comprehensive includes everything that is needed or relevant.
  • universal — of, relating to, or characteristic of all or the whole: universal experience.
  • eclectic — selecting or choosing from various sources.

adjective catholic

  • wide-ranging — extending over a large area; extensive or diversified in scope: wide-ranging lands; a wide-ranging discussion.
  • broad — Something that is broad is wide.
  • varied — characterized by or exhibiting variety; various; diverse; diversified: varied backgrounds.
  • general — of or relating to all persons or things belonging to a group or category: a general meeting of the employees.

Antonyms for catholic

adj catholic

  • specific — having a special application, bearing, or reference; specifying, explicit, or definite: to state one's specific purpose.
  • narrow-minded — having or showing a prejudiced mind, as persons or opinions; biased.
  • narrow — of little breadth or width; not broad or wide; not as wide as usual or expected: a narrow path.
  • particular — of or relating to a single or specific person, thing, group, class, occasion, etc., rather than to others or all; special rather than general: one's particular interests in books.
  • partial — being such in part only; not total or general; incomplete: partial blindness; a partial payment of a debt.

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