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a·pos·tle

 (ə-pŏs′əl)
n.
1.
a. Apostle One of a group made up especially of the 12 disciples chosen by Jesus to preach the gospel.
b. A missionary of the early Christian Church.
c. A leader of the first Christian mission to a country or region.
2. One of the 12 members of the administrative council in the Mormon Church.
3.
a. One who pioneers an important reform movement, cause, or belief: an apostle of conservation.
b. A passionate adherent; a strong supporter.

[Middle English, from Old English apostol and from Old French apostle, both from Late Latin apostolus, from Greek apostolos, messenger, from apostellein, to send off : apo-, apo- + stellein, to send; see stel- in Indo-European roots.]

a·pos′tle·hood′ n.
a·pos′tle·ship′ n.

apostle

(əˈpɒsəl)
n
1. (Bible) (often capital) one of the 12 disciples chosen by Christ to preach his gospel
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) any prominent Christian missionary, esp one who first converts a nation or people
3. an ardent early supporter of a cause, reform movement, etc
4. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Mormon Church a member of a council of twelve officials appointed to administer and preside over the Church
[Old English apostol, from Church Latin apostolus, from Greek apostolos a messenger, from apostellein to send forth]

a•pos•tle

(əˈpɒs əl)

n.
1. (sometimes cap.) any of the original 12 disciples called by Jesus to preach the gospel.
2. any of the first or best-known Christian missionaries in a region, esp. an early follower of Christ.
3. one of the 12 administrative officials of the Mormon Church.
4. a pioneer of any reform movement.
[before 950; Old English apostol < Late Latin apostolus < Greek apóstolos literally, one who is sent out, n. derivative of apostéllein to send off]
a•pos′tle•hood`, a•pos′tle•ship`, n.

apostle

- Comes from Greek apostolos, "messenger."
See also related terms for messenger.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.apostle - an ardent early supporter of a cause or reformapostle - an ardent early supporter of a cause or reform; "an apostle of revolution"
believer, truster - a supporter who accepts something as true
2.apostle - any important early teacher of Christianity or a Christian missionary to a peopleApostle - any important early teacher of Christianity or a Christian missionary to a people
Christian - a religious person who believes Jesus is the Christ and who is a member of a Christian denomination
3.apostle - (New Testament) one of the original 12 disciples chosen by Christ to preach his gospelApostle - (New Testament) one of the original 12 disciples chosen by Christ to preach his gospel
New Testament - the collection of books of the Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, the Pauline and other epistles, and Revelation; composed soon after Christ's death; the second half of the Christian Bible
Christian - a religious person who believes Jesus is the Christ and who is a member of a Christian denomination
adherent, disciple - someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another

apostle

noun
2. supporter, champion, advocate, pioneer, proponent, propagandist, propagator They present themselves as apostles of free trade. see the twelve disciples

The Twelve Apostles

Andrew, Bartholomew, James, Jude, John, Matthew, Matthias, Peter, Philip, Simon, Thomas

apostle

noun
A person doing religious or charitable work in a foreign country:
Translations
رَسول، حَواري المَسيح
apoštol
apostel
apostolilähetyssaarnaajaopetuslapsi
apostol
postuli
apaštalasapaštališkas
apustulis

apostle

[əˈpɒsl] N
1. (Rel) → apóstol m
2. (fig) → apóstol m, paladín m

apostle

[əˈpɒsəl] n
(RELIGION)apôtre m
the apostles → les apôtres
(= supporter) an apostle of ... → un apôtre de ...

apostle

n (lit, fig)Apostel m; the Apostles’ Creeddas Apostolische Glaubensbekenntnis

apostle

[əˈpɒsl] napostolo

apostle

(əˈposl) noun
(often with capital) a man sent out to preach the gospel in the early Christian church, especially one of the twelve disciples of Christ. Matthew and Mark were apostles.
apostolic (ӕpəˈstolik) adjective
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The next morning Sheldon came in from the plantation to breakfast, to find the mission ketch, Apostle, at anchor, her crew swimming two mares and a filly ashore.
Michaelis, the ticket-of-leave apostle, was speaking in an even voice, a voice that wheezed as if deadened and oppressed by the layer of fat on his chest.
I had hoped to find in you -- as being a man of sense and an accomplished mathematician -- a fit apostle for the Gospel of the Three Dimensions, which I am allowed to preach once only in a thousand years: but now I know not how to convince you.
Strickland had the directness of the fanatic and the ferocity of the apostle.
His is the exaction of the apostle, who speaks but for Christ, when he says--"Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me.
So earnestly did he labor for their conversion that he has always been called the apostle to the Indians.
Surely in counsels concerning religion, that counsel of the apostle would be prefixed, Ira hominis non implet justitiam Dei.
He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife," says the Apostle Paul, and Alexey Alexandrovitch, who was now guided in every action by Scripture, often recalled this text.
I'd rather he HAD been a thief and taken all the apostle spoons than that I--Well, I must shut the front-door, I suppose.
Dimmesdale had been summoned to make a prayer, she learnt that he had gone, the day before, to visit the Apostle Eliot, among his Indian converts.
If I had gone to see the great apostle of beauty, I should have had to go clandestinely--en cachette, as they say here; and that is not my nature; I like to do everything frankly, freely, naivement, au grand jour.
His favourite subjects were church discipline, rites and ceremonies, apostolical succession, the duty of reverence and obedience to the clergy, the atrocious criminality of dissent, the absolute necessity of observing all the forms of godliness, the reprehensible presumption of individuals who attempted to think for themselves in matters connected with religion, or to be guided by their own interpretations of Scripture, and, occasionally (to please his wealthy parishioners) the necessity of deferential obedience from the poor to the rich--supporting his maxims and exhortations throughout with quotations from the Fathers: with whom he appeared to be far better acquainted than with the Apostles and Evangelists, and whose importance he seemed to consider at least equal to theirs.