[ pol-ee-kahrp ]

  1. Saint, a.d. 69?–155, bishop of Smyrna and a Christian martyr.

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How to use Polycarp in a sentence

  • Eusebius speaks of the charred remains of Polycarp as more precious than the richest jewels, and more tried than gold.

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  • Polycarp must have been a contemporary of St. John for about twenty years.

  • Polycarp, the Bishop of Smyrna, in Asia, was one of the earliest of these.

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  • It was there that Polycarp suffered martyrdom, and it is there they still show you, or profess to show you, his tomb.

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  • The hypothesis is possible, since it is historically certain that Polycarp provided Lyons with its first two bishops.

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British Dictionary definitions for Polycarp


/ (ˈpɒlɪˌkɑːp) /

  1. Saint. ?69–?155 ad, Christian martyr and bishop of Smyrna, noted for his letter to the church at Philippi. Feast day: Feb 23

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