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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The office, duties, or mission of an apostle.
  • n. An association of individuals for the dissemination of a religion or doctrine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The office, or responsibilities of an apostle.
  • n. A group of people that exists for the spreading of religious doctrine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The dignity, office, or mission, of an apostle; apostleship.
  • n. The dignity or office of the pope, as the holder of the apostolic see.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The dignity or office of an apostle.
  • n. Specifically
  • n. The dignity or office of the pope; the holder of the apostolic see: used as a title in the early middle ages, as the title Holiness is employed at the present time.

Etymologies

Late Latin apostolātus, from apostolus, apostle; see apostle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From apostle. (Wiktionary)

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