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apostle

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noun apos·tle \ə-ˈpä-səl\

Simple Definition of apostle

  • : any one of the 12 men chosen by Jesus Christ to spread the Christian religion

  • : someone who believes in or supports an idea, cause, etc.

Full Definition of apostle

  1. 1 :  one sent on a mission: as a :  one of an authoritative New Testament group sent out to preach the gospel and made up especially of Christ's 12 original disciples and Paul b :  the first prominent Christian missionary to a region or group

  2. 2 a :  a person who initiates a great moral reform or who first advocates an important belief or system b :  an ardent supporter :  adherent

  3. 3 :  the highest ecclesiastical official in some church organizations

  4. 4 :  one of a Mormon administrative council of 12 men

apos·tle·shipplay \-ˌship\ noun

Examples of apostle

  1. <a fervent apostle of universal health care>



Origin of apostle

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Old English; Anglo-French apostle & Old English apostol, both from Late Latin apostolus, from Greek apostolos, from apostellein to send away, from apo- + stellein to send


First Known Use: before 12th century


APOSTLE Defined for Kids

apostle

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noun apos·tle \ə-ˈpä-səl\

Definition of apostle

  1. :  one of the twelve close followers of Jesus





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