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Catholicism

[kuh-thol-uh-siz-uh m]
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noun
  1. the faith, system, and practice of the Catholic Church, especially the Roman Catholic Church.
  2. (lowercase) catholicity.

Origin of Catholicism

First recorded in 1600–10; Catholic + -ism
Related formsan·ti-Ca·thol·i·cism, nounpro-Ca·thol·i·cism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for catholicism

Catholicism

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

Catholicism

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

catholicism in Culture

Catholicism

The beliefs and practices of the Roman Catholic Church.

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