- 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
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Examples from the Web for uniate
Its membership in the 1950s, after the incorporation of the Uniate church, was estimated at more than 15 million.
Some Uniate clergy and laymen resisted and were persecuted and imprisoned.
Word Origin and History for 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