Origin of epistle
Examples from the Web for 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?|Michael Moynihan|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The charges in One Epistle are unusually comprehensive, but almost none of them is original.Two Poems Against Pope|Leonard Welsted
We come now, at last, to the special revelation of God which forms the subject of the Epistle.The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews|Thomas Charles Edwards
Michael picked up the Bible and turned to the Epistle to the Romans.A Handful of Stars|Frank W. Boreham
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Word Origin for epistle
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Word Origin and History 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.