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or ap·os·tol·i·cal

[ap-uh-stol-ik or ap-uh-stol-i-kuh l]
  1. of or characteristic of an apostle.
  2. pertaining to or characteristic of the 12 apostles.
  3. derived from the apostles in regular succession.
  4. of or relating to the pope; papal.
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Origin of apostolic

1540–50; < Late Latin apostolicus < Greek apostolikós, equivalent to apóstol(os) apostle + -ikos -ic
Related formsap·os·tol·i·cal·ly, adverbap·os·tol·i·cism [ap-uh-stol-uh-siz-uh m] /ˌæp əˈstɒl əˌsɪz əm/, nouna·pos·to·lic·ity [uh-pos-tl-is-i-tee] /əˌpɒs tlˈɪs ɪ ti/, ap·os·tol·i·cal·ness, nounnon·ap·os·tol·ic, adjectivenon·ap·os·tol·i·cal, adjectivenon·ap·os·tol·i·cal·ly, adverbpost·ap·os·tol·ic, adjectivepost·ap·os·tol·i·cal, adjectivepro·ap·os·tol·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for apostolicity

Historical Examples

  • The catholicity of Rome began to overshadow the apostolicity of Anglicanism.

    Edward Caldwell Moore

    Edward Moore

  • This second authority, however, is not appealed to without the support of apostolicity.

  • The principle of apostolicity was more strictly conceived and more surely applied.

  • Even those of larger content, such as Hebrews and Revelation, if their apostolicity was questioned, remained subjects of dispute.

British Dictionary definitions for apostolicity


  1. of, relating to, deriving from, or contemporary with the Apostles
  2. of or relating to the teachings or practice of the Apostles
  3. of or relating to the pope regarded as chief successor of the Apostles
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Derived Formsapostolical, adjectiveapostolically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for apostolicity



early 15c., from French apostolique or directly from Church Latin apostolicus, from Greek apostolikos, from apostolos (see apostle). Apostolical also is early 15c.

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