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From Latin apostolicus (apostolic), from Ancient Greek ἀποστολικός (apostolikós, apostolic) (compare French apostolique).




  1. (religion, Christianity) Pertaining to apostles or their practice of teaching; pertaining to the apostles (of early Christianity) or their teachings.
    an apostolic mission
    the apostolic age
    • 1993, Robert D. Cornwall, Visible and Apostolic: The Constitution of the Church in High Church Anglican and Non-Juror Thought, University of Delaware Press, Associated University Presses, page 74,
      Chapter 3 demonstrated that high churchmen perceived the Church of England to be a visible society and a member of the one holy catholic and apostolic church, though they particularly emphasized the apostolicity of the church.
    • 2002, John Kingsley Alley, The Apostolic Revelation: The Reformation of the Church, Peace Publishing, page 153,
      That was the story of The Salvation Army repeated in many places, at least partly because a small group of people touched the power of the apostolic anointing. [] In this true story about William Booth, we have an example of what is meant to happen under apostolic grace.
    • 2004, Arnold Provoost, The Apostolic Way of Thought in Early Christian Iconography, A. Hilhorst (editor), The Apostolic Age in Patristic Thought, BRILL, page 158,
      I would like to give this dissertation on the apostolic world of thought in early Christian iconography the subtitle of 'In the land of the blessed' —'Μακάρων ἐνἱ χώρῳ'.
    • 2008, Jonas Clark, Advanced Apostolic Studies, Spirit of Life Publishing, page 60,
      Apostolic churches break out of the four walls of the sanctuary onto the streets and into the homes to preach the Gospel.
  2. According to the doctrines of the apostles; delivered or taught by the apostles.
    apostolic faith or practice
  3. Of or pertaining to the pope or the papacy; papal.

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