Definitions for Apostleəˈpɒs əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

a•pos•tleəˈpɒs əl(n.)

  1. (sometimes cap.) any of the original 12 disciples called by Jesus to preach the gospel.

    Category: Religion

  2. any of the first or best-known Christian missionaries in a region, esp. an early follower of Christ.

    Category: Religion

  3. one of the 12 administrative officials of the Mormon Church.

    Category: Religion

  4. a pioneer of any reform movement.

Origin of apostle:

bef. 950; OE apostol < LL apostolus < Gk apóstolos lit., one who is sent out, n. der. of apostéllein to send off

a•pos′tle•hood`(n.)

a•pos′tle•ship`(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. apostle(noun)

    an ardent early supporter of a cause or reform

    "an apostle of revolution"

  2. Apostle, Apostelic Father(noun)

    any important early teacher of Christianity or a Christian missionary to a people

  3. Apostle(noun)

    (New Testament) one of the original 12 disciples chosen by Christ to preach his gospel

Wiktionary

  1. Apostle(Noun)

    One of the group of twelve disciples chosen by Jesus to preach and spread the Gospel

  2. Apostle(Noun)

    A top-ranking ecclesiastical official in the twelve-seat Mormon administrative council.

  3. Apostle(ProperNoun)

    A rare transliteration of the Greek male given name u0391u03C0u03CCu03C3u03C4u03BFu03BBu03BFu03C2 (usually transliterated as Apostolos).

  4. Origin: See apostil.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Apostle(noun)

    literally: One sent forth; a messenger. Specifically: One of the twelve disciples of Christ, specially chosen as his companions and witnesses, and sent forth to preach the gospel

  2. Apostle(noun)

    the missionary who first plants the Christian faith in any part of the world; also, one who initiates any great moral reform, or first advocates any important belief; one who has extraordinary success as a missionary or reformer; as, Dionysius of Corinth is called the apostle of France, John Eliot the apostle to the Indians, Theobald Mathew the apostle of temperance

  3. Apostle(noun)

    a brief letter dimissory sent by a court appealed from to the superior court, stating the case, etc.; a paper sent up on appeals in the admiralty courts

Freebase

  1. Apostle

    In the Latter Day Saint movement, an Apostle is a "special witness of the name of Jesus Christ who is sent to teach the principles of salvation to others." In many Latter Day Saint churches, an apostle is a priesthood office of high authority within the church hierarchy. In many churches, apostles may be members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the church. In most Latter Day Saint churches, modern-day apostles are considered to have the same status and authority as the Biblical apostles. In the Latter Day Saint tradition, apostles and prophets are believed to be the foundation of the church, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone. The Articles of Faith, written by Joseph Smith, Jr., also mentions apostles: "We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth."

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. apostle

    1. A machine for recording a lie. 2. A person who has grown round-shouldered from following the spoor of another. 3. A lickspittle needed by philosophers in their business.


Translations for Apostle

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

apostle(noun)

(often with capital) a man sent out to preach the gospel in the early Christian church, especially one of the twelve disciples of Christ

Matthew and Mark were apostles.

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