apostle

noun
apos·​tle | \ ə-ˈpä-səl How to pronounce apostle (audio) \

Definition of apostle

1 : one sent on a mission: such 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 St. Boniface, the Apostle of Germany
2a : a person who initiates a great moral reform or who first advocates an important belief or system
b : an ardent supporter : adherent apostles of high technology
3 : the highest ecclesiastical official in some church organizations
4 : one of a Mormon administrative council of 12 men

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Other Words from apostle

apostleship \ -​ˌship How to pronounce apostleship (audio) \ noun

Examples of apostle in a Sentence

a fervent apostle of universal health care

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Like every worship service, this one centered on the apostle. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Must Reads: Sex crime case renews tension in Mexico between Catholics and evangelical church," 27 June 2019 The church has, throughout the years, honored the birthdays of La Luz Del Mundo founder Eusebio Joaquín González and the current apostle, Garcia, Chesnut said. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "Phoenix members of La Luz Del Mundo defend leader facing child sex charges," 14 June 2019 Ancient Christian writers, like John Cassian, claimed that the origins of monasticism lay in the examples set by the apostles of Jesus, who gave up everything to follow him. Kim Haines-eitzen, The Conversation, "The struggle to find silence in the ancient monastic world – and now," 10 June 2019 The Holy See insisted on the pope's right to name bishops to preserve the apostolic succession that dates to Jesus' original apostles. Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Pope acknowledges China bishop deal will cause suffering," 25 Sep. 2018 Sixteen statues—of twelve apostles and four evangelists—were taken down from the cathedral's roof near the spire on April 11. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Notre-Dame Cathedral Was Reportedly Saved from "Total Destruction"," 15 Apr. 2019 Art Bell, an apostle of the paranormal whose disembodied voice drew millions to his late-night radio soapbox beamed from the Mojave Desert, died on April 13 at his home in Pahrump, Nev. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Art Bell, Radio Host Who Tuned In to the Dark Side, Dies at 72," 17 Apr. 2018 When an apostle dies, a replacement is selected by the president. Matthew Bowman, Washington Post, "The Mormon Church has appointed its next president. Here’s what to expect.," 16 Jan. 2018 Among more recent apostles of this holistic view is the writer Wendell Berry, whose experiences on his Kentucky farm turned him decades ago into an insightful critic of US agricultural practices. BostonGlobe.com, "Biographies highlight some key figures in environmentalism," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of apostle

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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apostle

noun

English Language Learners 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.

apostle

noun
apos·​tle | \ ə-ˈpä-səl How to pronounce apostle (audio) \

Kids Definition of apostle

: one of the twelve close followers of Jesus

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