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4 definitions found
 for Apostolic
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Apostolic \Ap`os*tol"ic\, n. [L. apostolicus.] (Eccl. Hist.)
     A member of one of certain ascetic sects which at various
     times professed to imitate the practice of the apostles.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Apostolic \Ap`os*tol"ic\, Apostolical \Ap`os*tol"ic*al\, a. [L.
     apostolicus, Gr. ?: cf. F. apostolique.]
     1. Pertaining to an apostle, or to the apostles, their times,
        or their peculiar spirit; as, an apostolical mission; the
        apostolic age.
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     2. According to the doctrines of the apostles; delivered or
        taught by the apostles; as, apostolic faith or practice.
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     3. Of or pertaining to the pope or the papacy; papal.
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     Apostolical brief. See under Brief.
  
     Apostolic canons, a collection of rules and precepts
        relating to the duty of Christians, and particularly to
        the ceremonies and discipline of the church in the second
        and third centuries.
  
     Apostolic church, the Christian church; -- so called on
        account of its apostolic foundation, doctrine, and order.
        The churches of Rome, Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem
        were called apostolic churches.
  
     Apostolic constitutions, directions of a nature similar to
        the apostolic canons, and perhaps compiled by the same
        authors or author.
  
     Apostolic fathers, early Christian writers, who were born
        in the first century, and thus touched on the age of the
        apostles. They were Polycarp, Clement, Ignatius, and
        Hermas; to these Barnabas has sometimes been added.
  
     Apostolic king (or majesty), a title granted by the pope
        to the kings of Hungary on account of the extensive
        propagation of Christianity by St. Stephen, the founder of
        the royal line. It is now a title of the emperor of
        Austria in right of the throne of Hungary.
  
     Apostolic see, a see founded and governed by an apostle;
        specifically, the Church of Rome; -- so called because, in
        the Roman Catholic belief, the pope is the successor of
        St. Peter, the prince of the apostles, and the only
        apostle who has successors in the apostolic office.
  
     Apostolical succession, the regular and uninterrupted
        transmission of ministerial authority by a succession of
        bishops from the apostles to any subsequent period.
        --Hook.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  apostolic
      adj 1: of or relating to or deriving from the Apostles or their
             teachings [syn: apostolic, apostolical]
      2: proceeding from or ordered by or subject to a pope or the
         papacy regarded as the successor of the Apostles; "papal
         dispensation" [syn: papal, apostolic, apostolical,
         pontifical]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  24 Moby Thesaurus words for "apostolic":
     Biblical, Gospel, Mosaic, New-Testament, Old-Testament,
     apocalyptic, canonical, evangelic, evangelistic, gospel, inspired,
     papal, papish, papist, papistic, pontifical, popish, prophetic,
     revealed, revelational, scriptural, textual, textuary,
     theopneustic
  
  

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