Re: [tied] 'catholic' in OE

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 16394
Date: 2002-10-18

The earliest citation in the OED is from the 15th c.:
He was a constant Catholike,
All Lollard he hatyt and Heretike.
[Andrew of Wyntoun, ca. 1425, _Orygynale Cronykil of Scotland_ 9:26]
The OED defines this particular sense as:
A member of a church recognized or claiming to be "Catholic" [...]; e.g. an orthodox member of the Church before the disruption of East and West, as opposed to an Arian or other "heretic"; of the Latin Church as opposed to the Greek or any separating sect or community (e.g. the Lollards); of a church or churches now taken to represent the primitive Church.
After 1500 the word was used very commonly in what can be regarded as its modern sense. There's a long explanatory note in the OED about the ecclesiastical use of the word, also outside English. If you're interested, I can post it off-list.
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From: Sergejus Tarasovas
Sent: Friday, October 18, 2002 4:05 PM
Subject: [tied] 'catholic' in OE

Sorry for possible offtopic.
Merriam Webster says the word catholik is registered in OE since 14 c. but doesn't list the sources -- and that's what I need. Does anybody have an OED to hand? Thanks in advance.