[kuh-thol-uh-siz-uh m]

Origin of Catholicism

First recorded in 1600–10; Catholic + -ism
Related formsan·ti-Ca·thol·i·cism, nounpro-Ca·thol·i·cism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for catholicism

Catholicism, Catholicity, Romanism, papistry, popery

British Dictionary definitions for catholicism


  1. short for Roman Catholicism
  2. the beliefs, practices, etc, of any Catholic Church
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Word Origin and History for catholicism



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

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catholicism in Culture


The beliefs and practices of the Roman Catholic Church.

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