apostle

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noun apos·tle \ə-ˈpä-səl\

Definition of apostle

  1. 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

  2. 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. 3 :  the highest ecclesiastical official in some church organizations

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

apostleship

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Examples of apostle in a Sentence

  1. a fervent apostle of universal health care

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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


APOSTLE Defined for English Language Learners

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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

apostle

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noun apos·tle \ə-ˈpä-səl\

Definition of apostle for Students

  1. :  one of the twelve close followers of Jesus



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