Adjective "apostolic" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Relating to the Apostles.
  1. 'I admire a lot of things about Protestants and evangelicals - I admire their commitment, their apostolic fervour.'
  2. 'In this ultimo tempo, the paths of Peter and his apostolic twin, Judas, cross and ultimately diverge.'
  3. 'The most authoritative guidance comes from Holy Scripture understood in the light of apostolic tradition, inasmuch as this is the normative channel whereby revelation is transmitted.'
  4. 'He who does not bring or teach apostolic doctrine ought not to be received by the Church which is built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets.'
  5. 'Also praiseworthy is his emphasis on John as a close reader of Scripture, and as a person of the church with a wide apostolic mission to direct others in the life of contemplative prayer.'
  6. 'Did the Jewish Scriptures have the same authority as apostolic Christian writings?'
  7. 'The apostolic message is that healing space was created through the Christ on the cross as God's response to human violence.'
  8. 'Here he saw and put into practice the task of exegesis as listening to the text as apostolic testimony to divine address.'
  9. 'Paul admitted that boasting over his apostolic credentials made him a fool.'
  10. 'Persons wishing to embrace the apostolic life as monks had to do so under one of the approved rules and new houses had to be incorporated by charter with one of the existing orders.'
Relating to the Pope, especially when he is regarded as the successor to St Peter.
  1. 'The prestige of the city itself was no longer sufficient; but in the doctrine of apostolic succession the popes had an unassailable position.'
  2. 'In Divini Amoris Scientia, his apostolic letter announcing the doctorate, the Pope goes even further.'
  3. 'As apostolic nuncio, he automatically became dean of the diplomatic corps.'
  4. 'Bulgarians have expressed a positive attitude towards the Papal apostolic visit.'
  5. '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.'
  6. 'A private viewing was held at the apostolic palace in the Vatican.'
  7. 'At the end of 1944, he became apostolic nuncio to France.'
  8. 'After serving as apostolic delegate to Greece and Turkey from 1935 and as papal nuncio in liberated France from 1944, in 1953 he became a cardinal and Patriarch of Venice.'

More definitions

1. of or characteristic of an apostle.

2. pertaining to or characteristic of the 12 apostles.

3. derived from the apostles in regular succession.

4. of or relating to the pope; papal.

More examples(as adjective)

"successions can be apostolic."

"churches can be apostolic."

"administrators can be apostolic."

"exhortations can be apostolic."

"writings can be apostolic."

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