AskDefine | Define apostolic

Dictionary Definition

apostolic adj
1 of or relating to or deriving from the Apostles or their teachings [syn: 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, apostolical, pontifical]

User Contributed Dictionary



Latin apostolicus, Greek ἀποστολικός (apostolikós): compare with French apostolique.


  • italbrac RP /ˌæpəˈstɒlɪk/
  • italbrac US /ˌæpəˈstɑːlɪk/


  1. pertaining to an apostle, or to the apostles, their times, or their peculiar spirit
    an apostolical mission
    the apostolic age
  2. according to the doctrines of the apostles; delivered or taught by the apostles
    apostolic faith or practice

Related terms

  • 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.


pertaining to the apostles
according to the doctrines of the apostles


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

Extensive Definition

Apostolic may refer to:
Specific to the Roman Catholic Church:
Other churches and religious movements: Other uses:
  • Apostolic poverty, a doctrine professed in the 13th century by certain religious orders

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