Wednesday, April 06, 2005

A Vocabulary Lesson

Today's word of the day is:

cath·o·lic (kth-lk, kthlk) adj.

1. Of broad or liberal scope; comprehensive: "The 100-odd pages of formulas and constants are surely the most catholic to be found" (Scientific American).

2. Including or concerning all humankind; universal: "what was of catholic rather than national interest" (J.A. Froude).

3. Catholic. 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.

Catholic (Kth-lk, Kthlk) n.

A member of a Catholic church, especially a Roman Catholic.

cath·o·lic ('kath-lik, 'ka-th&-) adjective

Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French catholique, from Late Latin catholicus, from Greek katholikos universal, general, from katholou in general, from kata by + holos whole -- more at CATA-, SAFE

1. (a) often capitalized: of, relating to, or forming the church universal (b) often capitalized: of, relating to, or forming the ancient undivided Christian church or a church claiming historical continuity from it (c) capitalized : ROMAN CATHOLIC

2. COMPREHENSIVE, UNIVERSAL; especially : broad in sympathies, tastes, or interests

ca·thol·i·cal·ly /k&-'thä-li-k(&-)lE/ adverb
ca·thol·i·cize /-'thä-l&-"sIz/ verb


cath·o·lic [káthlik, káthelik] adjective

1. all-inclusive: including or concerned with all people

2. useful to all: useful or interesting to a wide range of people

3. all-embracing: interested in or sympathetic to a wide range of things

[14th century. Via Latin catholicus from, ultimately, Greek katholikos "universal," from katholou "in general," from kata "in regard to" + holos "whole."]


If these are valid definitions of the word, then what happened?

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