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 for Catholic
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Catholic \Cath"o*lic\, n.
     1. A person who accepts the creeds which are received in
        common by all parts of the orthodox Christian church.
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     2. An adherent of the Roman Catholic church; a Roman
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     Old Catholic, the name assumed in 1870 by members of the
        Roman Catholic church, who denied the ecumenical character
        of the Vatican Council, and rejected its decrees, esp.
        that concerning the infallibility of the pope, as contrary
        to the ancient Catholic faith.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Catholic \Cath"o*lic\ (k[a^]th"[-o]*[i^]k), a. [L. catholicus,
     Gr. kaqoliko`s, universal, general; kata` down, wholly +
     "o`los whole, probably akin to E. solid: cf. F. catholique.]
     1. Universal or general; as, the catholic faith.
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              Men of other countries [came] to bear their part in
              so great and catholic a war.          --Southey.
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     Note: This epithet, which is applicable to the whole
           Christian church, or its faith, is claimed by Roman
           Catholics to belong especially to their church, and in
           popular usage is so limited.
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     2. Not narrow-minded, partial, or bigoted; liberal; as,
        catholic tastes.
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     3. Of or pertaining to, or affecting the Roman Catholics; as,
        the Catholic emancipation act.
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     Catholic epistles, the epistles of the apostles which are
        addressed to all the faithful, and not to a particular
        church; being those of James, Peter, Jude, and John.
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