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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
References in classic literature ?
He traveled all over the country, living like the apostles of old, upon hospitality, and preaching upon street- corners when there was no hall.
I must see the light of the unsnuffed candle wane on my employment; the shadows darken on the wrought, antique tapestry round me, and grow black under the hangings of the vast old bed, and quiver strangely over the doors of a great cabinet opposite--whose front, divided into twelve panels, bore, in grim design, the heads of the twelve apostles, each enclosed in its separate panel as in a frame; while above them at the top rose an ebon crucifix and a dying Christ.
There were Cains and Abels, Pharaohs' daughters; Queens of Sheba, Angelic messengers descending through the air on clouds like feather-beds, Abrahams, Belshazzars, Apostles putting off to sea in butter-boats, hundreds of figures to attract his thoughts -- and yet that face of Marley, seven years dead, came like the ancient Prophet's rod, and swallowed up the whole.
Be sure they will, said th' Angel; but from Heav'n Hee to his own a Comforter will send, The promise of the Father, who shall dwell His Spirit within them, and the Law of Faith Working through love, upon thir hearts shall write, To guide them in all truth, and also arme With spiritual Armour, able to resist SATANS assaults, and quench his fierie darts What Man can do against them, not affraid, Though to the death, against such cruelties With inward consolations recompenc't, And oft supported so as shall amaze Thir proudest persecuters: for the Spirit Powrd first on his Apostles, whom he sends To evangelize the Nations, then on all Baptiz'd, shall them with wondrous gifts endue To speak all Tongues, and do all Miracles, As did thir Lord before them.
Every week they keep a feast to the honour of the apostles and angels; they come to mass with great devotion, and love to hear the word of God.
Several months later he saw a telephone and at once became one of its apostles.
Under such circumstances she would put forth the silliest statements, such as: "No one can be in two places at once--unless it is a little bird," by which she one day roused, and not without success, a discussion on the ubiquity of the apostles, which she was unable to comprehend.
Are we such apostles of mercy as to complain if the Martians warred in the same spirit?
He had sent away his carriage with orders for it to fetch him at two o'clock; fortunately the Palazzo Bracciano, which is on one side in the Corso, and on the other in the Square of the Holy Apostles, is hardly ten minutes' walk from the Hotel de Londres.
The prison, the insane asylum, the squalid chamber of the almshouse, the manufactory where the demon of machinery annihilates the human soul, and the cotton field where God's image becomes a beast of burden; to these and every other scene where man wrongs or neglects his brother, the apostles of humanity have penetrated.
And they have a swarm of rusty, dusty, battered apostles standing around the filagree work, some on one leg and some with one eye out but a gamey look in the other, and some with two or three fingers gone, and some with not enough nose left to blow--all of them crippled and discouraged, and fitter subjects for the hospital than the cathedral.
The beautiful and the generous are, in the theory, the doctors and apostles of this church: Scipio, and the Cid, and Sir Philip Sidney, and Washington, and every pure and valiant heart who worshipped Beauty by word and by deed.