apostolic

adjective ap·os·tol·ic \ ˌa-pə-ˈstä-lik \

Definition of apostolic

1 a : of or relating to an apostle
b : of, relating to, or conforming to the teachings of the New Testament apostles
2 a : of or relating to a succession of spiritual authority from the apostles held (as by Roman Catholics, Anglicans, and Eastern Orthodox) to be perpetuated by successive ordinations of bishops and to be necessary for valid sacraments and orders
b : papal

apostolicity

play \ə-ˌpäs-tə-ˈli-sə-tē\ noun

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First Known Use of apostolic

13th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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APOSTOLIC Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of apostolic for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to the original 12 apostles

  • : of or relating to the pope



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