So I looked up the actual definition of having a 'catholic taste', and it appears that I'd gathered the wrong contextual meaning for it.

(especially of a person's tastes) including a wide variety of things; all-embracing.

I'd like to know the/a descriptor for having monogamous, boring, standard, reliable, consistent, never-varying, rigid, limited, what-you're-already-familiar-with, unadventurous, self-consistent, taste.

Obviously, I could use one of those words, but I'd liked the flavor of 'catholic'. I'd also wanted a word which implied many/all of those things together (in varying degrees), without requiring a couple of sentences of explanation.

He had catholic tastes in sandwiches.
He had catholic tastes in movies.
He had catholic tastes in girlfriends.

Conservative, moderate, and conformist as substitutes only work for some varieties of a-catholic tastes:

He had an acatholic taste in girlfriends; namely blonde, blue-eyed, corn-fed wholesome Midwestern girls.

Doesn't work out so well, when you say:

He had an acatholic taste in girlfriends; namely pierced, heavily tattooed, emo girls with radically dyed hair.

Which is not a standard, conservative, or moderate type of taste — but it is consistent, reliable, and unvarying (in this description). Getting the second guy a date with Sienna Miller would only work for someone with catholic tastes, not someone with a [blank] taste.

But, I'd like a go-to word, that I could use for both guys.

Or, example-wise: sandwiches. movies (scathing expose documentaries vs. summer blockblusters)

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    Can you give an example, a sentence where that word would fit?
    – Centaurus
    Sep 21, 2015 at 12:41
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    How about parochial? Or chauvinistic?
    – Dan Bron
    Sep 21, 2015 at 12:48
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    (And in the sense you're using it, "catholic" is not capitalized.)
    – Hot Licks
    Sep 21, 2015 at 12:50
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    How about "heretical?" Sep 21, 2015 at 15:03
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    "Catholic", to a US Protestant of some denominations, is synonymous with "universal" (since versions of The Apostles' Creed and other liturgical items use the two words interchangeably).
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 21, 2015 at 18:20

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Unfortunately, I don't think you're going to find an answer that has the same "flavor" as the word catholic, or one that pertains "especially to a person's tastes". It's just a pretty unique word.

In your place, I would just have to use "invariant" or "unvarying". Maybe "immutable". None of those are close to perfect, but they sort of get the meaning across without negative connotation.


It may be more insulting than you're looking for, but 'narrow-minded' might work:

: not willing to accept opinions, beliefs, or behaviors that are unusual or different from your own



behaviour in accordance with socially accepted conventions.


You could use 'prescriptive'


1 - Relating to the imposition or enforcement of a rule or method: ‘these guidelines are not intended to be prescriptive’


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