apostle
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /əˈpɑsl̩/
  • (RP) IPA: /əˈpɒs(ə)l/
Noun

apostle (plural apostles)

  1. A missionary, or leader of a religious mission, especially one in the early Christian Church (but see Apostle).
  2. A pioneer or early advocate of a particular cause, prophet of a belief.
    • 1895–1897, H[erbert] G[eorge] Wells, “The Eve of the War”, in The War of the Worlds, London: William Heinemann, published 1898, OCLC 699873 ↗, book I (The Coming of the Martians), pages 4–5 ↗:
      [W]e must remember what ruthless and utter destruction our own species has wrought, not only upon animals, such as the vanished bison and the dodo, but upon its own inferior races. The Tasmanians, in spite of their human likeness, were entirely swept out of existence in a war of extermination waged by European immigrants, in the space of fifty years. Are we such apostles of mercy as to complain if the Martians warred in the same spirit?
  3. A top-ranking ecclesiastical official in the twelve seat administrative council of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  4. (obsolete, Cambridge slang) A person who is pluck#Verb|plucked, that is, refuse#Verb|refused an academic#Adjective|academic degree.
Synonyms Translations Translations Noun

apostle (plural apostles)

  1. (legal) A letter dismissory.
  2. (legal) A note sent to an appeals court presenting the appeal in summary.
  3. (legal) The trial court record sent to an appeal court concerning an appeal.

Apostle
Noun

apostle (plural apostles)

  1. (Christianity) Any of the group of twelve disciples chosen by Jesus to preach and spread the Gospel.
  2. A top-ranking ecclesiastical official in the twelve-seat Mormon administrative council.
Translations Translations Proper noun
  1. A rare transcription of the Greek male given name Απόστολος (usually transliterated as Apostolos).



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