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Meaning of APOSTOLIC

Pronunciation:  `apu'stâlik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  of or relating to or deriving from the Apostles or their teachings
  2. [adj]  proceeding from or ordered by or subject to a pope or the papacy regarded as the successor of the Apostles; "papal dispensation"

APOSTOLIC is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: apostolical, papal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ap`os*tol"ic\, Apostolical \Ap`os*tol"ic*al\, a. [L.
    apostolicus, Gr. ?: cf. F. apostolique.]
    1. Pertaining to an apostle, or to the apostles, their times,
       or their peculiar spirit; as, an apostolical mission; the
       apostolic age.
    2. According to the doctrines of the apostles; delivered or
       taught by the apostles; as, apostolic faith or practice.
    3. Of or pertaining to the pope or the papacy; papal.
    {Apostolical brief}. See under {Brief}.
    {Apostolic canons}, a collection of rules and precepts
       relating to the duty of Christians, and particularly to
       the ceremonies and discipline of the church in the second
       and third centuries.
    {Apostolic church}, the Christian church; -- so called on
       account of its apostolic foundation, doctrine, and order.
       The churches of Rome, Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem
       were called apostolic churches.
    {Apostolic constitutions}, directions of a nature similar to
       the apostolic canons, and perhaps compiled by the same
       authors or author.
    {Apostolic fathers}, early Christian writers, who were born
       in the first century, and thus touched on the age of the
       apostles. They were Polycarp, Clement, Ignatius, and
       Hermas; to these Barnabas has sometimes been added.
    {Apostolic king} (or {majesty}), a title granted by the pope
       to the kings of Hungary on account of the extensive
       propagation of Christianity by St. Stephen, the founder of
       the royal line. It is now a title of the emperor of
       Austria in right of the throne of Hungary.
    {Apostolic see}, a see founded and governed by an apostle;
       specifically, the Church of Rome; -- so called because, in
       the Roman Catholic belief, the pope is the successor of
       St. Peter, the prince of the apostles, and the only
       apostle who has successors in the apostolic office.
    {Apostolical succession}, the regular and uninterrupted
       transmission of ministerial authority by a succession of
       bishops from the apostles to any subsequent period.
  2. \Ap`os*tol"ic\, n. [L. apostolicus.] (Eccl. Hist.)
    A member of one of certain ascetic sects which at various
    times professed to imitate the practice of the apostles.
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