k) KEY ADJECTIVE:
- Of broad or liberal scope; comprehensive: "The 100-odd pages of formulas and constants are surely the most catholic to be found" (Scientific American).
- Including or concerning all humankind; universal: "what was of catholic rather than national interest" (J.A. Froude).
- Of or involving the Roman Catholic Church.
- Of or relating to the universal Christian church.
- Of or relating to the ancient undivided Christian church.
- Of or relating to those churches that have claimed to be representatives of the ancient undivided church.
- A member of a Catholic church, especially a Roman Catholic.
Middle English catholik
, universally accepted
, from Old French catholique
, from Latin catholicus
, from Greek katholikos
, from katholou
, in general
: kat-, kata-
, down, along, according to
; see cata-
(from neuter genitive of holos
; see sol-
in Indo-European roots)OTHER FORMS:ca·tholi·cal·ly
) KEY (Adverb)