[ kuh-thol-uh-siz-uh m ]
/ kəˈθɒl əˌsɪz əm /


the faith, system, and practice of the Catholic Church, especially the Roman Catholic Church.
(lowercase) catholicity.

Origin of Catholicism

First recorded in 1600–10; Catholic + -ism

Related forms

an·ti-Ca·thol·i·cism, nounpro-Ca·thol·i·cism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for catholicism


/ (kəˈθɒlɪˌsɪzəm) /


the beliefs, practices, etc, of any Catholic Church
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Culture definitions for catholicism


The beliefs and practices of the Roman Catholic Church.

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