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[uh-pos-tl-it, -eyt] /əˈpɒs tl ɪt, -ˌeɪt/
the dignity or office of an apostle.
Roman Catholic Church.
  1. the dignity and office of the pope as head of the Apostolic See.
  2. the mission of bishops in their dioceses.
  3. an organization of the laity devoted to the mission of the Church.
Origin of apostolate
1635-45; < Late Latin apostolātus the office of an apostle, equivalent to Late Latin apostol(us) apostle + -ātus -ate3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Mr. Archer has been followed, and perhaps outrun, in his apostolate by other writers full of ardour and talent.

    The English Stage Augustin Filon
  • The wide unfulfilled provinces of his apostolate ever called him on.

  • Not once do we see him resorting to miracle to prove his apostolate or to bolster up his ideas.

  • Oh perfect morals, and worthy of martyrdom or the apostolate!

    The Ruins C. F. [Constantin Francois de] Volney
  • Fifty rupees were paid for each adhesion, and fifty ministers devoted themselves to this apostolate.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921 Thomas J. Campbell
  • He must take up his apostolate, be ready should need arise to face martyrdom.

    Romain Rolland Stefan Zweig
  • Here we have disembodied spirits of all ranks, and this is the apostolate of their reincarnation.

    The Arena Various
  • No apostolate was of any value, if it could not show letters emanating from this central college.

  • It was left to me to carry on the apostolate, and I can't take it on any other ground.

    Strange Stories Grant Allen
  • Not only was the apostolate Galilean,—it was plebeian, and that without a solitary exception.

British Dictionary definitions for apostolate


/əˈpɒstəlɪt; -ˌleɪt/
the office, authority, or mission of an apostle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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