catholicity

[kath-uh-lis-i-tee]
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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. catholic church,
  2. catholic emancipation act,
  3. catholic epistles,
  4. catholicate,
  5. catholicism,
  6. catholicize,
  7. catholicon,
  8. catholicos,
  9. catholicus,
  10. cathouse

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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British Dictionary definitions for catholicity

catholicity

noun

a wide range of interests, tastes, etc; liberality
universality; comprehensiveness

Catholicity

noun

the beliefs, etc, of the Catholic Church
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Word Origin and History for catholicity

catholicity

n.

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

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