epistle

noun
epis·​tle | \i-ˈpi-səl \

Definition of epistle 

1 capitalized

a : one of the letters adopted as books of the New Testament

b : a liturgical lection usually from one of the New Testament Epistles

2a : letter especially : a formal or elegant letter

b : a composition in the form of a letter

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Other Words from epistle

epistler \ i-​ˈpi-​sə-​lər \ noun

Examples of epistle in a Sentence

St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans. He penned lengthy epistles to her.

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But in 2018, with panic over Trump’s travel bans in full effect, the anti-migratory epistle resonates differently. Constance Grady, Vox, "How 2018 reshaped Angels in America," 30 Apr. 2018 Because of the expense of producing books, complete versions of the New Testament, such as in the Codex Sinaiticus, were rare, and Christian Coptic manuscripts often feature only selections, such as the four gospels or the epistles of Paul. Nicholas Wade, New York Times, "Scanning an Ancient Biblical Text That Humans Fear to Open," 5 Jan. 2018 To be clear, this is not a fetishized epistle of black women. Tunde Wey, San Francisco Chronicle, "Black women are the future of the food industry," 15 Dec. 2017 Claiming to only write when God is present, his studious epistle to the streets will galvanize hearts as well as viral streams. Bianca Alysse, Billboard, "CyHi The Prynce Talks New Album 'No Dope on Sundays' & Why JAY-Z Is What 'Martin Luther King Jr. Would Have Been'," 14 Nov. 2017 But just as much, the later Murillo self-portrait is a rejoinder to that earlier one — a courteous but resigned epistle from an older artist to his younger self. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Murillo: The Selfies (Yes, Spain’s Golden Age Had Them, Too)," 2 Nov. 2017 And the focus wasn’t to be on the 39th president’s birthday, but rather on his lesson for the week, a meditation on the first chapter of the Apostle Paul’s epistle to the Galatians. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, "In Georgia, Jimmy Carter Has North Korea on His Mind," 1 Oct. 2017 The release of a previously unseen Comey epistle could excite official Washington just as much – if the prose of the sequel holds up to the original. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Comey testimony already a page-turner," 8 June 2017 Garrison Keillor unleashed his satirical pen again this week, writing a paranoid epistle in the style of his favorite political target: President Donald Trump. Cohen Peart, The Denver Post, "Sound Off: The Denver Post opinion newsletter: March 13, 2017," 13 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of epistle

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for epistle

Middle English, letter, Epistle, from Anglo-French, from Latin epistula, epistola letter, from Greek epistolē message, letter, from epistellein to send to, from epi- + stellein to send

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epistle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of epistle

Epistle in the Bible : any one of the letters to the early Christians that are part of the New Testament

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