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Catholicism

[kuh-thol-uh-siz-uh m] /kəˈθɒl əˌsɪz əm/
noun
1.
the faith, system, and practice of the Catholic Church, especially the Roman Catholic Church.
2.
(lowercase) catholicity.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; Catholic + -ism
Related forms
anti-Catholicism, noun
pro-Catholicism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for Catholicism

Catholicism

/kəˈθɒlɪˌsɪzəm/
noun
1.
short for Roman Catholicism
2.
the beliefs, practices, etc, of any Catholic Church
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Word Origin and History for Catholicism
n.

"faith and practice of the Catholic church," 1610s, from Catholic + -ism.

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Catholicism in Culture

Catholicism definition


The beliefs and practices of the Roman Catholic Church.

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