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From Ancient Greek καθολικός (katholikós, universal), from κατά (katá, according to) + ὅλος (hólos, whole)



catholicus (feminine catholica, neuter catholicum); first/second declension

  1. catholic; pertaining to all kinds of people and their range of tastes and proclivities.
  2. universal
  3. (capitalised; in sensu lato) Catholic; promoting, practicing, or related to an occidental denomination of the Christian religion distinct from those categorised as Protestant
  4. (in sensu stricto) Catholic; promoting, practicing, preaching, or related to the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church, headed by the Supreme Pontiff or Pope.


First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative catholicus catholica catholicum catholicī catholicae catholica
Genitive catholicī catholicae catholicī catholicōrum catholicārum catholicōrum
Dative catholicō catholicō catholicīs
Accusative catholicum catholicam catholicum catholicōs catholicās catholica
Ablative catholicō catholicā catholicō catholicīs
Vocative catholice catholica catholicum catholicī catholicae catholica