|catholic (ˈkæθəlɪk, ˈkæθlɪk)|
|1.||universal; relating to all men; all-inclusive|
|2.||comprehensive in interests, tastes, etc; broad-minded; liberal|
|[C14: from Latin catholicus, from Greek katholikos universal, from katholou in general, from kata- according to + holos whole]|
|Catholic (ˈkæθəlɪk, ˈkæθlɪk)|
|1.||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|
|2.||denoting or relating to the Latin or Western Church after this separation|
|3.||denoting or relating to the Roman Catholic Church|
|4.||denoting or relating to any church, belief, etc, that claims continuity with or originates in the ancient undivided Church|
|5.||a member of any of the Churches regarded as Catholic, esp the Roman Catholic Church|
(from Greek katholikos, "universal"), the characteristic that, according to ecclesiastical writers since the 2nd century, distinguished the Christian Church at large from local communities or from heretical and schismatic sects. A notable exposition of the term as it had developed during the first three centuries of Christianity was given by St. Cyril of Jerusalem in his Catecheses (348): the church is called catholic on the ground of its worldwide extension, its doctrinal completeness, its adaptation to the needs of men of every kind, and its moral and spiritual perfection.
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