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Catholicism is a broad term for the body of the Catholic faith, its theologies and doctrines, its liturgical, ethical, spiritual, and behavioral characteristics, as well as a religious people as a whole.

Catholicism n : the beliefs and practices of a Catholic Church [syn: {Catholicity}]

Catholicism \Ca*thol"i*cism\, n. [Cf. F. catholicisme.] [1913 Webster] 1. The state or quality of being catholic or universal; catholicity. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 2. Liberality of sentiment; breadth of view. [1913 Webster] 3. The faith of the whole orthodox Christian church, or adherence thereto. [1913 Webster] 4. The doctrines or faith of the Roman Catholic church, or adherence thereto. [1913 Webster]


Christianity (from the ) is a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus as presented in canonical gospels and other New Testament writings.

Christianity n 1: 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 [syn: {Christian religion}] 2: the collective body of Christians throughout the world and history (found predominantly in Europe and the Americas and Australia); "for a thousand years the Roman Catholic Church was the principal church of Christendom" [syn: {Christendom}]

35 Moby Thesaurus words for "Christianity": Christendom, Christianism, Christlikeness, Christliness, Judeo-Christian religion, Orthodox Christianity, Protestant Christianity, angelicalness, beauty of holiness, fear of God, godlikeness, godliness, godly-mindedness, goodness, heavenliness, heavenly-mindedness, holiness, holy-mindedness, odor of sanctity, otherworldliness, pureness, pureness of heart, purity, righteousness, sainthood, saintlikeness, saintliness, saintship, sanctitude, sanctity, seraphicalness, spiritual-mindedness, spirituality, unearthliness, unworldliness

Christianity \Chris*tian"i*ty\, n. [OE. cristiente, OF. cristient['e], F. chr['e]tient['e], fr. L. christianitas. ] [1913 Webster] 1. The religion of Christians; the system of doctrines and precepts taught by Christ. [1913 Webster] 2. Practical conformity of one's inward and outward life to the spirit of the Christian religion [1913 Webster] 3. The body of Christian believers. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] To Walys fled the christianitee Of olde Britons. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

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  • catholicism: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • catholicism: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • christianity: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • christianity: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • christianity: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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