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According to the dictionary, the definition is determined by... the Pope?

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posted on Apr, 11 2012 @ 01:35 PM
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Short and to the point... the Merriam Webster dictionary is considered by many, especially in the academic community, to be the gold standard of defining words. Few would argue that. In my attempt to create a paradox in order to destroy the universe, I looked up the definition of the word definition. The results are quite interesting.






Wait a sec... what was that first one again? The way I read it is that the Pope determines what the definition of words are. Why is that there? How is that relevant? Why is it the very first result?

Thoughts?

The definition of definition




posted on Apr, 11 2012 @ 01:39 PM
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I don't think it means the Pope defines words.
Don't forget that words have different meanings.
As for why it's first? Beats me.



posted on Apr, 11 2012 @ 01:44 PM
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In the Roman Catholic Church, a dogma is an article of faith revealed by God, which the magisterium of the Church presents to be believed.[1] The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the basic truth from which salvation and life is derived for Christians. Dogmata regulate the language, how the truth of the resurrection is to be believed and communicated. One dogma is only a small particle of the living Christian faith, from which it derives its meaning.[2] Roman Catholic Dogma is thus: "a truth revealed by God, which the magisterium of the Church declared as binding."[3] The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:


It means Definition is specifically used in Roman Catholic dogma



posted on Apr, 11 2012 @ 01:45 PM
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Originally posted by GmoS719
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I don't think it means the Pope defines words.
Don't forget that words have different meanings.
As for why it's first? Beats me.


I only came to that conclusion because the Pope is the head of the Catholic dogma, I'm not reaching for some crazy Dictionary/Religion conspiracy here, I just find it very odd that would be there.



posted on Apr, 11 2012 @ 01:46 PM
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Originally posted by TedHodgson

In the Roman Catholic Church, a dogma is an article of faith revealed by God, which the magisterium of the Church presents to be believed.[1] The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the basic truth from which salvation and life is derived for Christians. Dogmata regulate the language, how the truth of the resurrection is to be believed and communicated. One dogma is only a small particle of the living Christian faith, from which it derives its meaning.[2] Roman Catholic Dogma is thus: "a truth revealed by God, which the magisterium of the Church declared as binding."[3] The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:


It means Definition is specifically used in Roman Catholic dogma


But I still don't understand what that means



posted on Apr, 11 2012 @ 01:48 PM
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They were giving an example of how definition is defined by relating the word to definition within the catholic church, Confusing i know



posted on Apr, 11 2012 @ 01:49 PM
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I had never heard that before but am not surprised in a sense ...If you really want a trip into weird word definitions take a walk threw a Blacks law dictionary some day ...peace



posted on Apr, 11 2012 @ 01:50 PM
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Originally posted by OptimusSubprime

Originally posted by GmoS719
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I don't think it means the Pope defines words.
Don't forget that words have different meanings.
As for why it's first? Beats me.


I only came to that conclusion because the Pope is the head of the Catholic dogma, I'm not reaching for some crazy Dictionary/Religion conspiracy here, I just find it very odd that would be there.


Well, the first thing you do is say "the definition is determined by the pope?" which
could lead one to believe that's exactly what you were doing. lol



posted on Apr, 11 2012 @ 01:52 PM
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This doesn't mean the Pope defines words. The first definition relates to "dogma".

dogma

Definition of DOGMA
1 a : something held as an established opinion; especially : a definite authoritative tenet

b : a code of such tenets

c : a point of view or tenet put forth as authoritative without adequate grounds

2 a doctrine or body of doctrines concerning faith or morals formally stated and authoritatively proclaimed by a church



posted on Apr, 11 2012 @ 02:06 PM
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You are reading this wrong.


: an act of determining; specifically : the formal proclamation of a Roman Catholic dogma





Which means the word definition is an act of determining; specifically the formal proclamation of a Roman Catholic dogma.




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