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CATHOLIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Catholic mean? 

CATHOLIC (noun)
  The noun CATHOLIC has 1 sense:

1. a member of a Catholic church

  Familiarity information: CATHOLIC used as a noun is very rare.


CATHOLIC (adjective)
  The adjective CATHOLIC has 2 senses:

1. of or relating to or supporting Catholicism
2. free from provincial prejudices or attachments

  Familiarity information: CATHOLIC used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CATHOLIC (noun)


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Meaning:

A member of a Catholic church

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("Catholic" is a kind of...):

Christian (a religious person who believes Jesus is the Christ and who is a member of a Christian denomination)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "Catholic"):

Anglican Catholic (a member of the Anglican Church who emphasizes its Catholic character)

Greek Catholic (a member of the Greek Orthodox Church)

Roman Catholic (a member of the Roman Catholic Church)

Uniat; Uniate; Uniate Christian (a member of the Uniat Church)

Bishop of Rome; Catholic Pope; Holy Father; pontiff; pope; Roman Catholic Pope; Vicar of Christ (the head of the Roman Catholic Church)

starets (a religious adviser (not necessarily a priest) in the Eastern Orthodox Church)

Holonyms ("Catholic" is a member of...):

Catholic Church (any of several churches claiming to have maintained historical continuity with the original Christian Church)


CATHOLIC (adjective)


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Meaning:

Of or relating to or supporting Catholicism

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

the Catholic Church

Pertainym:

Catholicism (the beliefs and practices of a Catholic Church)


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Meaning:

Free from provincial prejudices or attachments

Context example:

catholic in one's tastes

Similar:

broad-minded (inclined to respect views and beliefs that differ from your own)


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