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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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British Dictionary definitions for post-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 post-apostolic

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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