Definition of apostle
1 : one sent on a mission: such asa : one of an authoritative New Testament group sent out to preach the gospel and made up especially of Christ's 12 original disciples and Paulb : 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 systemb : 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
apostleshipplay \-ˌship\ noun
Examples of apostle in a Sentence
a fervent apostle of universal health care
Recent Examples of apostle from the Web
But Trump is making them look like apostles of full disclosure.
The successful submission would also include an atrium, possibly with sculptures of the apostles and saints connected to the region, including Saint Juniper Serra and Saint Teresa of Calcutta.
There are grapevines and cupids, as well as depictions of Noah and his ark, Daniel and the lions and Christ and his apostles.
Hanegraaff answered questions about his decision to embrace Orthodoxy, an ancient faith that traces its beginnings to Jesus’ apostles.
The church traces its roots back to St. Mark, an apostle of Jesus and a Gospel author.
Laurie’s drugging of the Last Supper with dog medicine made for excellently gonzo cinema, with the scene progressively becoming more surreal as the would-be apostles began to lose their faculties.
Franklin County, created in 1913, is named for Mormon apostle Franklin D. Richards — the only one of 24 Franklin counties in the United States not named for Benjamin Franklin.
Gozali, a paunchy Chinese-Indonesian with a penchant for American hamburgers, is perhaps an unlikely apostle for sports and fitness.
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Origin and Etymology 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 centurySee Words from the same year
APOSTLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of apostle for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of apostle for Students
: one of the twelve close followers of Jesus
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