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catholicity

[kath-uh-lis-i-tee]
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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 of catholicity

First recorded in 1820–30; catholic + -ity
Related formsnon·cath·o·lic·i·ty, nounun·cath·o·lic·i·ty, noun
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Examples from the Web for catholicity

Historical Examples

  • A bird remarkable for the catholicity of its appetite and serving to illustrate that of ours.

    The Devil's Dictionary

    Ambrose Bierce

  • The great store-house of his emotions and his phrases has the catholicity of the Bible.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for catholicity

catholicity

noun
  1. a wide range of interests, tastes, etc; liberality
  2. universality; comprehensiveness

Catholicity

noun
  1. the beliefs, etc, of the Catholic Church
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for catholicity

n.

1830, "catholicism," from catholic + -ity. Meaning "quality of being inclusive or comprehensive" is by 1843.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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