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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The dignity or office of an apostle.
  • noun Specifically
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

Etymologies

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

[Late Latin apostolātus, from apostolus, apostle; see apostle.]

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From apostle.

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