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e·pis·tle

 (ĭ-pĭs′əl)
n.
1. A letter, especially a formal one. See Synonyms at letter.
2. A literary composition in the form of a letter.
3. Epistle Bible
a. One of the letters included as a book in the New Testament.
b. An excerpt from one of these letters, read as part of a religious service.

[Middle English epistel, from Old French epistle, from Latin epistola, from Greek epistolē, from epistellein, to send a message to : epi-, epi- + stellein, to send; see stel- in Indo-European roots.]

epistle

(ɪˈpɪsəl)
n
1. a letter, esp one that is long, formal, or didactic
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a literary work in letter form, esp a dedicatory verse letter of a type originated by Horace
[Old English epistol, via Latin from Greek epistolē, from epistellein to send to, from stellein to prepare, send]

Epistle

(ɪˈpɪsəl)
n
1. (Bible) New Testament any of the apostolic letters of Saints Paul, Peter, James, Jude, or John
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a reading from one of the Epistles, forming part of the Eucharistic service in many Christian Churches

e•pis•tle

(ɪˈpɪs əl)

n.
1. a letter, esp. a formal or didactic one.
2. (usu. cap.)
a. one of the apostolic letters in the New Testament.
b. an extract read at the Eucharistic service in certain churches, usu. from the Epistles.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English epistol < Latin epistula, epistola < Greek epistolḗ message, letter]

epistle

- From Greek epistole, "something sent to someone."
See also related terms for sent.

epistle

A letter or a literary work imitating letter form.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.epistle - a specially long, formal letter
letter, missive - a written message addressed to a person or organization; "mailed an indignant letter to the editor"
2.Epistle - a book of the New Testament written in the form of a letter from an Apostle
book - a major division of a long written composition; "the book of Isaiah"
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

epistle

noun letter, note, message, communication, missive He was deluged by ever more plaintive epistles from his devoted admirer.

epistle

noun
A written communication directed to another:
Translations
رِسالَه
brevepistel
epistolaposlanica
apostoli levél
postulabréf; pistill
epistola
apaštalo laiškas
vēstule
epištola

epistle

[ɪˈpɪsl] N (hum) (= letter) → epístola f
Epistle (Rel) → Epístola f

epistle

[ɪˈpɪsəl] népître f

epistle

n (old, iro)Epistel f; (Bibl) → Brief m (→ to an +acc)

epistle

[ɪˈpɪsl] nepistola

epistle

(iˈpisl) noun
a letter, especially in the Bible from an apostle. The epistles of St Paul.
References in classic literature ?
Ruby Gillis wrote a gushing epistle deploring Anne's absence, assuring her she was horribly missed in everything, asking what the Redmond "fellows" were like, and filling the rest with accounts of her own harrowing experiences with her numerous admirers.
It was necessary for Julia to pause and breathe before she could open her letter; and by the time this was done, her busy fancy had clothed both epistle and writer with so much excellence, that she was prepared to peruse the contents with a respect bordering on enthusiasm: every word must be true--every idea purity itself.
In the beginning of one of them Alfred says, "There are only a few on this side of the Humber who can understand the Divine Service, or even explain a Latin epistle in English, and I believe not many on the other side of the Humber either.
Pardon, therefore, what I have said in this epistle, not only without your consent, but absolutely against it; and give me at least leave, in this public manner, to declare that I am, with the highest respect and gratitude,--
The other was a large square epistle, resplendent with the terrible arms of his Eminence the cardinal duke.
The epistle is laconic," said D'Artagnan; "and if there had not been a postscript, probably I should not have understood it; but happily there is a postscript.
The circumstances amid which he had left Tess were such that though, while on the south of the Equator and just in receipt of her loving epistle, it had seemed the easiest thing in the world to rush back into her arms the moment he chose to forgive her, now that he had arrived it was not so easy as it had seemed.
My mother did not relish this at all, and now made many objections to my accepting the situation; in which my sister warmly supported her: but, unwilling to be balked again, I overruled them all; and, having first obtained the consent of my father (who had, a short time previously, been apprised of these transactions), I wrote a most obliging epistle to my unknown correspondent, and, finally, the bargain was concluded.
They compose an ardent epistle, a declaration in fact, and they carry the letter upstairs themselves, so as to elucidate whatever might appear not perfectly intelligible in the letter.
Even the prophets wrote book after book and epistle after epistle, yet never once hinted at the existence of a great continent on our side of the water; yet they must have known it was there, I should think.
It is so difficult to become clearly possessed of the contents of almost any letter, in a violent hurry, that I had to read this mysterious epistle again, twice, before its injunction to me to be secret got mechanically into my mind.
This is a long epistle that I am sending you, but the reason is that today I feel in good spirits after dining at Rataziaev's.