- Catholicism 1610s, from CATHOLIC (Cf. Catholic) + -ISM (Cf. -ism).
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Catholicism — Ca*thol i*cism, n. [Cf. F. catholicisme.] [1913 Webster] 1. The state or quality of being catholic or universal; catholicity. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 2. Liberality of sentiment; breadth of view. [1913 Webster] 3. The faith of the whole… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Catholicism — [kə thäl′ə siz΄əm] n. the doctrine, faith, practice, and organization of a Catholic church, esp. of the Roman Catholic Church … English World dictionary
Catholicism — As a Christian ecclesiastical term, Catholic from the Greek adjective Polytonic|καθολικός, meaning general or universal [ [http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi bin/ptext?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.04.0057%3Aentry%3D%2351864 Liddell and Scott] The word … Wikipedia
Catholicism — Throughout its turbulent history, the Catholic Church in China has survived many movements of persecution because of the persistent faith of rural Catholic communities. In good times, the Chinese Catholic Church flourishes politically and… … Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture
Catholicism — The history of Austria is closely tied to the history of Roman Catholic Christianity in Europe. The faith took hold in the area over several stages, from its tentative beginning during imperial Roman occupation in the first and second… … Historical dictionary of Austria
Catholicism — The Second Vatican Council (1962–5) opened the Roman Catholic church to the modern world, in Britain as elsewhere. The liturgy was reformed, Latin was thrown out and the vernacular was introduced (fully from 1967). The laity was encouraged to… … Encyclopedia of contemporary British culture
Catholicism — n. Roman Catholicism * * * Roman Catholicism … Combinatory dictionary
Catholicism — [[t]kəθɒ̱lɪsɪzəm[/t]] N UNCOUNT Catholicism is the traditions, the behaviour, and the set of Christian beliefs that are held by Catholics. ...her conversion to Catholicism … English dictionary
Catholicism — noun the beliefs and practices of a Catholic Church (Freq. 5) • Syn: ↑Catholicity • Derivationally related forms: ↑Catholic, ↑catholicize • Hypernyms: ↑Christianity, ↑Chr … Useful english dictionary
Catholicism — noun Date: circa 1617 1. Roman Catholicism 2. the faith, practice, or system of Catholic Christianity … New Collegiate Dictionary