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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.
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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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British Dictionary definitions for uniat

Uniat

Uniate (ˈjuːnɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)

adjective
  1. designating any of the Eastern Churches that retain their own liturgy but submit to papal authority
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noun
  1. a member of one of these Churches
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Derived FormsUniatism, noun

Word Origin

C19: from Russian uniyat, from Polish unja union, from Late Latin ūniō; see union
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Word Origin and History for uniat

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).

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