From Ancient Greek καθολικός (katholikós, “universal”), from κατά (katá, “according to”) + ὅλος (hólos, “whole”)
catholicus (feminine catholica, neuter catholicum); first/second declension
- catholic; pertaining to all kinds of people and their range of tastes and proclivities.
- (capitalised; in sensu lato) Catholic; promoting, practicing, or related to an occidental denomination of the Christian religion distinct from those categorised as Protestant
- (in sensu stricto) Catholic; promoting, practicing, preaching, or related to the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church, headed by the Supreme Pontiff or Pope.