catholicity

catholicity

[kath-uh-lis-i-tee]
noun
1.
broad-mindedness or liberality, as of tastes, interests, or views.
2.
universality; general inclusiveness.
3.
(initial capital letter) the Roman Catholic Church, or its doctrines and usages.

Origin:
1820–30; catholic + -ity

noncatholicity, noun
uncatholicity, noun
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catholicity (ˌkæθəˈlɪsɪtɪ)
 
n
1.  a wide range of interests, tastes, etc; liberality
2.  universality; comprehensiveness

Catholicity (ˌkæθəˈlɪsɪtɪ)
 
n
the beliefs, etc, of the Catholic Church

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Catholicity
1830, from Catholic + -ity
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catholicity

(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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