any of the early followers of Jesus who carried the Christian message into the world:Not all of Jesus’ followers named in the New Testament are considered apostles, but Paul, Barnabas, and Mary Magdalene certainly meet the criteria.
Sometimes Apostle . in the Bible, any of the original 12 disciples called by Jesus to preach the gospel: Simon Peter, the brothers James and John, Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alpheus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot, Judas Iscariot.
the first or the best-known Christian missionary in any region or country.St. Patrick and Palladius have both been dubbed “the apostle of Ireland.”
Eastern Church. one of the 70 disciples of Jesus.
the title of the highest ecclesiastical official in certain Protestant sects.
one of the 12 administrative officials of the Mormon Church.
a pioneer of any new system or cause, especially an early leader in a reform movement: He has emerged as an apostle of a new era of peace and national unity.
a loyal supporter or follower: Our company’s apostles are motivated by the service they can render for the good of the organization.
Nautical. a knighthead, especially one having its top projecting and used as a bitt or bollard.
- a·pos·tle·hood, a·pos·tle·ship, noun
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How to use apostle in a sentence
The order came in the form of a letter sent by the first presidency of the church, a group of three individuals whom believers consider apostles, to global church leaders.Covid-19 live updates: Americans await booster details after FDA okays Pfizer-BioNTech for some groups | Annabelle Timsit, Paulina Firozi | September 23, 2021 | Washington Post
One day, Jesus encounters the apostle Paul telling stories about the death and resurrection of Jesus, and tries to stop him, explaining that you can’t save people with a story based on lies.The Green Knight is glorious and a little baffling. Let’s untangle it. | Alissa Wilkinson | July 30, 2021 | Vox
Unlike da Vinci’s neat row of people sitting at the table, this one depicts the same apostles sitting about casually after the Passover Seder meal.Following a trail of frescoes in the mountains of North Carolina | Barbara Noe Kennedy | May 7, 2021 | Washington Post
The free market apostles wanted to erase the role of the state.
To paraphrase the apostle Matthew, Warnock may have to serve two masters, electorally speaking.Raphael Warnock’s campaign for the moral high ground | Clyde McGrady | January 2, 2021 | Washington Post
In a 2009 interview, Church apostle Dallin H. Oaks held that the Church “does not have a position” on that point.Your Husband Is Definitely Gay: TLC’s Painful Portrait of Mormonism | Samantha Allen | January 1, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Bhatiyarov, the faithful apostle, has the perfect CV for a Dugin operative.Alexander Dugin: The Crazy Ideologue of the New Russian Empire | Oleg Shynkarenko | April 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In 1841, Smith sent his “personal apostle” Orson Hyde to the ancient Jewish capital.Why Jewish Voters Might Like Mitt Romney: His Religion | Michael Medved | April 7, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
She sobbed; he lifted her chin with his free hand—and what less could mortal apostle do?The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
Its hiding-place was discovered by angelic music which issued from the mouth of the cave on every vigil of the holy apostle.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 5 | Hubert Howe Bancroft
The teetotal apostle says it is a dreadful thing to be drunk.The Romany Rye | George Borrow
He immediately arose, and began to describe the personal appearance of the great apostle to the Gentiles.Library Notes | A. P. Russell
The Socialist deputy raised his head, and scrutinized Sangiorgio with his cunning eyes, those of an overrascally apostle.The conquest of Rome | Matilde Serao
British Dictionary definitions for apostle
(often capital) one of the 12 disciples chosen by Christ to preach his gospel
any prominent Christian missionary, esp one who first converts a nation or people
an ardent early supporter of a cause, reform movement, etc
Mormon Church a member of a council of twelve officials appointed to administer and preside over the Church
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