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  • adj. apostolic

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as apostolic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or deriving from the Apostles or their teachings
  • adj. proceeding from or ordered by or subject to a pope or the papacy regarded as the successor of the Apostles


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  • Even slightly learned theologians know that the symbol, which we call apostolical, is not that of all the apostles.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • In one of the so-called apostolical canons, framed probably before the Council of Nice, this arrangement is embodied.

    The Ancient Church Its History, Doctrine, Worship, and Constitution

  • This law may well remind us of those remains of extinct classes of animals which the naturalist studies with so much interest, as it obviously belongs to an era even anterior to that of the so-called apostolical canons.

    The Ancient Church Its History, Doctrine, Worship, and Constitution

  • They were called apostolical perhaps because concocted by some of the bishops of the so-called apostolic Churches.

    The Ancient Church Its History, Doctrine, Worship, and Constitution

  • In his Dictionary, Johnson defined 'Tory' as, "One who adheres to the antient constitution of the state, and the apostolical hierarchy of the church of England, opposed to a Whig".

    The King across the Water

  • Those who, in any way whatsoever, prevent the execution of the apostolical letters, whether they grant pardons or inflict penalties.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • In sum, the histories and the prophecies of the Old Testament and the gospels and epistles of the New Testament have had one and the same scope, to convert men to the obedience of God: 1. in Moses and the priests; 2. in the man Christ; and 3. in the Apostles and the successors to apostolical power.


  • Those prophetical, apostolical admonitions are well known to all; what Solomon,

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • I may even boast right reverend authority on the same score; for more than one nonjuring bishop, whose authority and income were upon as apostolical a scale as the greatest abominator of Episcopacy could well desire, have deigned, while partaking of the humble cheer of the

    Old Mortality

  • ‘One who adheres to the ancient constitution or the state and the apostolical hierarchy of the church or England, opposed to a whig.’

    The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D.


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