noun Etymology: Late Latin apostolatus, from apostolus Date: 14th century 1. the office or mission of an apostle 2. an association of persons dedicated to the propagation of a religion or a doctrine

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  • Apostolate — A*pos to*late, n. [L. apostolatus, fr. apostolus. See {Apostle}.] 1. The dignity, office, or mission, of an apostle; apostleship. [1913 Webster] Judas had miscarried and lost his apostolate. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 2. The dignity or office of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • apostolate — [ə päs′tə lit, ə päs′təlāt΄] n. [ME apostolat < LL(Ec) apostolatus < apostolus: see APOSTLE] the office, duties, or period of activity of an apostle …   English World dictionary

  • apostolate — /əˈpɒstələt/ (say uh postuhluht), / leɪt/ (say layt) noun 1. the dignity or office of an apostle. 2. the mission or work of someone who seeks to further the cause of the apostles: teaching was the apostolate of the Order. 3. a group of people who …   Australian English dictionary

  • apostolate —    This term (from the Greek apostolos, meaning messenger ) refers to the mission of the Church to proclaim theGospel of Christ throughout the world. All members of the Church, by virtue of their Baptism, are called to be apostles in the sense… …   Glossary of theological terms

  • apostolate — /euh pos tl it, ayt /, n. 1. the dignity or office of an apostle. 2. Rom. Cath. Ch. a. the dignity and office of the pope as head of the Apostolic See. b. the mission of bishops in their dioceses. c. an organization of the laity devoted to the… …   Universalium

  • apostolate — noun a) The office, or responsibilities of an apostle. b) A group of people that exists for the spreading of religious doctrine …   Wiktionary

  • Apostolate —    The office and dignity of an Apostle; the whole body of Bishops throughout the world …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • apostolate — a·pos·to·late || É™ pÉ’stəʊlÉ™t n. role of missionary or disciple (Christianity) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • apostolate — [ə pɒstəleɪt] noun 1》 the position or authority of an apostle.     ↘a group of apostles. 2》 evangelistic activity or works …   English new terms dictionary

  • apostolate — apos·to·late …   English syllables

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