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apostolic

[ap-uh-stol-ik] /ˌæp əˈstɒl ɪk/
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
1540-1550
1540-50; < Late Latin apostolicus < Greek apostolikós, equivalent to apóstol(os) apostle + -ikos -ic
Related forms
apostolically, adverb
apostolicism
[ap-uh-stol-uh-siz-uh m] /ˌæp əˈstɒl əˌsɪz əm/ (Show IPA),
noun
apostolicity
[uh-pos-tl-is-i-tee] /əˌpɒs tlˈɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
apostolicalness, noun
nonapostolic, adjective
nonapostolical, adjective
nonapostolically, adverb
postapostolic, adjective
postapostolical, adjective
proapostolic, adjective
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Examples from the web for apostolic
  • 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.
  • It advocated apostolic poverty and taxation of church properties.
British Dictionary definitions for apostolic

apostolic

/ˌæpəˈstɒlɪk/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
apostolical, adjective
apostolically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for apostolic
adj.

early 15c., from French apostolique or directly from Church Latin apostolicus, from Greek apostolikos, from apostolos (see apostle). Apostolical also is early 15c.

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