Origin of epistle
Related Words for epistleinvite, communication, message, memo, dispatch, note, tab, scratch, line, missive, card, postcard, cannonball, kite, FYI, get-well, thank-you
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Contemporary Examples of epistle
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?
October 11, 2014
Historical Examples of epistle
There is a reference to “pen and ink” in the 3d Epistle of John xiii.The Story of the Invention of Steel Pens
As Catherine finished this epistle, she lifted her eyes and beheld Philip.
"Your brother means well," said Philip, when he had concluded the epistle.
When he had finished this epistle, Rigaud folded it and tossed it with a flourish at Clennam's feet.Little Dorrit
I must beg your pardon for the epistle you sent me appearing in the Magazine.The Letters of Robert Burns
Word Origin for epistle
Old English epistol, from Old French epistle, epistre (Modern French épitre), from Latin epistola "letter," from Greek epistole "message, letter, command, commission," whether verbal or in writing, from epistellein "send to," from epi "to" (see epi-) + stellein in its secondary sense of "to dispatch, send" from PIE *stel-yo-, suffixed form of root *stel- "to put, stand," with derivatives referring to a standing object or place (see stall (n.1)).
Also acquired in Old English directly from Latin as pistol. Specific sense of "letter from an apostle forming part of canonical scripture" is c.1200.