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apostolic Line breaks: apos|tol¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˌapəˈstɒlɪk/

Definition of apostolic in English:


1Relating to the Apostles: apostolic writings
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  • Though it is little used today, especially since we have the completed Word of God, it was evident in the New Testament apostolic times.
  • Here he saw and put into practice the task of exegesis as listening to the text as apostolic testimony to divine address.
  • Did the Jewish Scriptures have the same authority as apostolic Christian writings?
2Relating to the Pope, especially when he is regarded as the successor to St Peter: an apostolic nuncio
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  • The prestige of the city itself was no longer sufficient; but in the doctrine of apostolic succession the popes had an unassailable position.
  • At the end of 1944, he became apostolic nuncio to France.
  • Nevertheless, the Vatican has already said that a section of its archive dating from 1931 to 1934 was destroyed or lost during the bombing of Berlin in 1945 and in a fire at the apostolic nuncio's palace.


Middle English: from French apostolique or ecclesiastical Latin apostolicus, from Greek apostolikos, from apostolos (see apostle).

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