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[yoo-nee-it, -eyt] /ˈyu ni ɪt, -ˌeɪt/
a member of an Eastern church that is in union with the Roman Catholic Church, acknowledges the Roman pope as supreme in matters of faith, but maintains its own liturgy, discipline, and rite.
Also, Uniat
[yoo-nee-at] /ˈyu niˌæt/ (Show IPA)
Origin of Uniate
1825-35; < Ukrainian uni(y)át, equivalent to úni(ya) the Union of Brest-Litovsk (1596), an acceptance of papal supremacy by some Orthodox clerics in Poland (< Polish uni(j)a < Latin ūniō union) + -(y)atLatin -ātus -ate1
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Uniatism, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Word Origin and History for Uniate

"pertaining to an Eastern Christian church that acknowledges the supremacy of the Pope," 1833, from Russian uniyat, from unia "unity, union," from Latin unus "one" (see one).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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