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

Examples of apostle in a Sentence

a fervent apostle of universal health care
Recent Examples on the Web But their apostles split and spread, rebranding themselves into new sects. Choe Sang-hun, New York Times, "‘Proselytizing Robots’: Inside South Korean Church at Outbreak’s Center," 10 Mar. 2020 The church rejects the concept of the Trinity and teaches that Jesus is God’s son and that church leaders, like García, his father and grandfather, are his apostles. Washington Post, "Ex-La Luz del Mundo members find community on Reddit," 6 Mar. 2020 According to Christian tradition, Jesus appeared to two of his apostles on the road to Emmaus after his crucifixion and resurrection. Fox News, "The Biblical town of Emmaus, which is linked to Jesus’ resurrection and the Ark of the Covenant, may have been found," 10 Sep. 2019 Toni! Toné!, Raphael Saadiq soon evolved into R&B’s shadow apostle, helping The Roots, D’Angelo and Solange craft some of their eras’ definitive works. oregonlive, "29 February concerts to love for Portland’s best live music," 28 Jan. 2020 The church’s Pastor Guillermo Maldonado, who goes by the term apostle, encouraged undocumented members of his congregation to attend the event, the Miami Herald reported this week. NBC News, "Trump looks to cement, expand evangelical support with launch of new 2020 coalition in Miami," 4 Jan. 2020 The 11 Pipers Piping are the eleven faithful apostles. Katie Bourque, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About the "12 Days of Christmas" Meaning," 30 Sep. 2019 Early in the Gospel of John, the soon-to-be apostle Philip searches out one Nathanael to share momentous news: The Christ prophesied in the Scriptures has been found, a man named Jesus from Nazareth. Stephen Mirarchi, National Review, "A Trove of Letters from Flannery O’Connor and Friends," 28 Dec. 2019 Greek Orthodox churches are descended from churches the apostles founded in the Balkans and Middle East during the first century, A.D., and maintain several traditions practiced in the ancient church. cleveland, "Known best for its annual Greek Festival, Cleveland Heights church wants community to take a closer look," 4 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of apostle was before the 12th century

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24 Mar 2020

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“Apostle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apostle. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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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.


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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