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Definition of the noun Catholicity

What does Catholicity mean as a name of something?

noun - plural:

  • catholicity: catholicities
  • Catholicity: Catholicities

  1. the beliefs and practices of a Catholic Church
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonym of Catholicity: Catholicism
    • more generic terms: Christian religion / Christianity = a monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior
    • more specific terms:
      • Roman Catholicism / Romanism / papism = the beliefs and practices of the Catholic Church based in Rome
      • Eastern Catholicism = the beliefs and practices of any of the eastern Catholic Churches based in Constantinople or Antioch or Alexandria or Moscow or Jerusalem
  2. the quality of being universal; existing everywhere
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of catholicity: universality
    • more generic word: generality = the quality of being general or widespread or having general applicability

Alternative definition of the noun Catholicity


  1. The quality of being catholic, universal or inclusive
  2. See Catholicism.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Catholicity

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Google previewOne Body in Christ (2015)

Ecumenical Snapshots by Owen F. Cummings

”21 Catholicity is the third note of the church, and it includes two distinct but related ideas.

Google previewYour Church Is Too Small (2010)

Why Unity in Christ's Mission Is Vital to the Future of the Church by John H. Armstrong

Catholicity refers to the quality or state of universality, thus bringing to mind the comprehensive nature of the undivided church of Jesus Christ that gathers all of God's people into one church from many different races, languages, and cultures.

Google previewJohn Calvin's Ecclesiology (2011)

Ecumenical Perspectives by Gerard Mannion, Eduardus Van der Borght

Catholicity is a theological reality. A distinction must be made between the visible hierarchy and the true church. The true church is not identified by external indicators, but by the internal working of the Spirit in the faithful through the Word, ...

Google previewReformational Theology (1992)

A New Paradigm for Doing Dogmatics by Gordon J. Spykman

Catholicity is the biblical answer to all dualist worldviews and life-styles. For, in the words of Bavinck, Christianity is not "a quantitative entity" which " hovers transcendently" above our life in the world, but a religious power which " enters ...

Google previewThe Ecumenical Movement (1996)

An Anthology of Key Texts and Voices by Michael Kinnamon, Brian E. Cope

Since Christ lived, died and rose again for all mankind, catholicity is the opposite of all kinds of egoism and particularism. It is the quality by which ...

Google previewHoly-days and Holidays (1902)

A Treasury of Historical Material, Sermons in Full and in Brief, Suggestive Thoughts, and Poetry, Relating to Holy Days and Holidays by Edward Mark Deems

King Edward's catholicity is the object both of censure and praise. The King profoundly believes that while it is not to be expected that every one in the The world should believe the same King's thing, every one should believe Catholicity ...

Google previewThe Literary Digest (1901)

by Edward Jewitt Wheeler, Isaac Kaufman Funk, William Seaver Woods

" Catholicity is a marked trait of King Edward's ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Catholicism (2012)

by William J. Collinge

CATHOLICITY. (From Gk katholikos, “universal.”) Universality, comprehensiveness; one of the “marks of the church,” mentioned in the Nicene Creed. The term is first attested in Ignatius of Antioch (early second century), for whom it referred to ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Christianity (1999)

by Erwin Fahlbusch

Evangelical Catholicity "Evangelical catholicity" identifies the attempt to give specificity to catholica, the third of the four creedal attributes of the church. In the 19th and 20th centuries the term was used in a variety of ways in ecclesiological ...

Google previewA Dictionary of European Baptist Life and Thought (2009)

by John H. Y. Briggs

Catholicity was the secret that explained both the way in which children and those coming to faith related to the church as well as providing the context within which the faith of an applicant for baptism could be discerned. Morris West was to ...

Google previewA Concise Dictionary of Bible Origins and Interpretation (2006)

by Alec Gilmore

Yves Cougar, speaking about the Pauline hymns at the *Second Vatican Council, made a plea to make Catholicity and Christology cosmic. Several other eminent Roman Catholics said much the same and further support came from Orthodox ...

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But I have to add - and this answers your other question - this catholicity in time and in space is only meaningful for me if there is, at the same time, a concentration on the Gospel. (Hans Kung)
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Scrabble value of C3A1T1H4O1L1I1C3I1T1Y4

The value of this 11-letter word is 21 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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