- broad-mindedness or liberality, as of tastes, interests, or views.
- universality; general inclusiveness.
- (initial capital letter) the Roman Catholic Church, or its doctrines and usages.
Origin of catholicity
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Examples from the Web for catholicity
A bird remarkable for the catholicity of its appetite and serving to illustrate that of ours.The Devil's Dictionary
The great store-house of his emotions and his phrases has the catholicity of the Bible.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
It was not at all certain as yet, even that we had not the Note of Catholicity; but, if not this, we had others.Apologia Pro Vita Sua
John Henry Cardinal Newman
It stands in antithesis to the mediæval notion of catholicity.Folkways</p>
William Graham Sumner
It is an instance of its Catholicity that it supplies the needs of all nations.India and the Indians
Edward F. Elwin
- a wide range of interests, tastes, etc; liberality
- universality; comprehensiveness
- the beliefs, etc, of the Catholic Church
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Word Origin and History for catholicity
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