a letter, especially a formal or didactic one; written communication.
(usually initial capital letter) one of the apostolic letters in the New Testament.
(often initial capital letter) an extract, usually from one of the Epistles of the New Testament, forming part of the Eucharistic service in certain churches.
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How to use epistle in a sentence
All these actors forced questions onto the agenda of the British and the colonists, but few of them produced the kind of epistles that this book examines.How a decades-long conversation shaped the young United States | Kenneth Mack | May 14, 2021 | Washington Post
On Halloween Ed proved he has not been forgotten when he published a now-famous epistle in response to the Jian Ghomeshi scandal.Canada’s Subversive Sock Puppet: Ed the Sock Isn’t Afraid to Say Anything | Soraya Roberts | November 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There was plenty more like this--every epistle dumber than the previous--but you get the general idea.From ISIS to Ebola, What Has Made Naomi Wolf So Paranoid? | Michael Moynihan | October 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ripperda accompanied this unexpected refusal, with a laboured epistle to his imperial friend.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
Enclosed within this long epistle was a brief note from Mariamne.
Without a word the sailor took the epistle, read it slowly, while the boy watched him keenly, then thrust it under his pillow.The Garret and the Garden | R.M. Ballantyne
These last three verses are a kind of preface to the following chapter, which is written in the style of an epistle from the king.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
Horace combats this prejudice with equal force and address in his fine epistle to Augustus.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10) | Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
British Dictionary definitions for epistle (1 of 2)
a letter, esp one that is long, formal, or didactic
a literary work in letter form, esp a dedicatory verse letter of a type originated by Horace
British Dictionary definitions for Epistle (2 of 2)
New Testament any of the apostolic letters of Saints Paul, Peter, James, Jude, or John
a reading from one of the Epistles, forming part of the Eucharistic service in many Christian Churches
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