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Uniate

[yoo-nee-it, -eyt]
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noun
  1. 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 U·ni·at [yoo-nee-at] /ˈyu niˌæt/.

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
Related formsU·ni·at·ism, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Its membership in the 1950s, after the incorporation of the Uniate church, was estimated at more than 15 million.

    Area Handbook for Romania

    Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

  • Some Uniate clergy and laymen resisted and were persecuted and imprisoned.

    Area Handbook for Romania

    Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole


Word Origin and History for uniate

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