apostolic

[ap-uh-stol-ik]
adjective
1.
of or characteristic of an apostle.
2.
pertaining to or characteristic of the 12 apostles.
3.
derived from the apostles in regular succession.
4.
of or pertaining to the pope; papal.
Also, apostolical.


Origin:
1540–50; < Late Latin apostolicus < Greek apostolikós, equivalent to apóstol(os) apostle + -ikos -ic

apostolically, adverb
apostolicism [ap-uh-stol-uh-siz-uhm] , noun
apostolicity [uh-pos-tl-is-i-tee] , apostolicalness, noun
nonapostolic, adjective
nonapostolical, adjective
nonapostolically, adverb
postapostolic, adjective
postapostolical, adjective
proapostolic, adjective
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apostolic (ˌæpəˈstɒlɪk)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, deriving from, or contemporary with the Apostles
2.  of or relating to the teachings or practice of the Apostles
3.  of or relating to the pope regarded as chief successor of the Apostles
 
apos'tolical
 
adj
 
apos'tolically
 
adv

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apostolic
late 15c., from L. apostolicus, from Gk. apostolikos, from apostolos (see apostle).
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Example sentences
The succession may have been apostolic, but it carried from the first a threat of martyrdom for the successor.
The author speaks of himself as one taken up in the apostolic labours of the ministry.
The austerities which he practised amidst the incredible fatigues of his apostolic life seem almost excessive.
Apostolic corporations maintain a common treasury and do not pay income tax.
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