Epistle

  • 1 Epistle — E*pis tle, n. [OE. epistle, epistel, AS. epistol, pistol, L. epistola, fr. Gr. ? anything sent by a messenger, message, letter, fr. ? to send to, tell by letter or message; epi upon, to + ? to dispatch, send; cf. OF. epistle, epistre, F. [… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 epistle — refers primarily to the letters of the New Testament, e.g. the Epistle of St Paul the Apostle to the Romans. It is sometimes used ironically or whimsically to mean a letter of any kind: • When mischievous gossip columnists were prompted to… …

    Modern English usage

  • 3 epistle — O.E. epistol, from O.Fr. epistle, epistre (Mod.Fr. épitre), from L. epistola letter, from Gk. epistole message, letter, command, commission, whether verbal or in writing, from epistellein send to, from epi to (see EPI (Cf. epi )) + …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 epistle — ► NOUN 1) formal or humorous a letter. 2) (Epistle) a book of the New Testament in the form of a letter from an Apostle. ORIGIN Greek epistol , from epistellein send news …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 epistle — [ē pis′əl] n. [ME epistel < OFr epistle (& OE epistol) < L epistola, epistula < Gr epistolē, a letter, message < epistellein, to send to < epi , to + stellein, to send, summon: see STALK1] 1. a letter, esp. a long, formal,… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 Epistle — E*pis tle, v. t. To write; to communicate in a letter or by writing. [Obs.] Milton. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 epistle — index dispatch (message) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 8 Epistle — [ıˈpısəl] n one of the letters in the New Testament of the Bible …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 epistle — *letter, missive, note, message, dispatch, report, memorandum …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 10 epistle — [n] letter billet doux*, cannonball*, card, communication, dispatch, FYI*, get well, invite, kite*, line*, love letter, memo, message, missive, note, poison pen*, postcard, scratch*, tab*, thank you; concept 271 …

    New thesaurus

  • 11 Epistle — An epistle (pronounced [ɪˈpɪsəl] ) (Greek επιστολη, epistolē, letter ) is a writing directed or sent to a person or group of persons, usually a letter and a very formal, often didactic and elegant one. The letters in the New Testament from… …

    Wikipedia

  • 12 epistle — UK [ɪˈpɪs(ə)l] / US noun [countable] Word forms epistle : singular epistle plural epistles literary a) a piece of writing in the form of a letter b) Epistle one of the letters written by early Christians that is included in the part of the Bible… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 epistle — [14] Epistle has never really caught on in English as a general term for a ‘letter’ – too highfalutin – but in fact from a semantic point of view its origins are quite simple. It comes ultimately from Greek epistolé, which meant ‘something sent… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 14 epistle — [[t]ɪpɪ̱s(ə)l[/t]] epistles 1) N COUNT: supp N An epistle is a letter. [LITERARY] ...a brief but poignant epistle. 2) N COUNT: usu N to n In the Bible, the Epistles are a series of books in the New Testament which were originally written as… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 epistle — [14] Epistle has never really caught on in English as a general term for a ‘letter’ – too highfalutin – but in fact from a semantic point of view its origins are quite simple. It comes ultimately from Greek epistolé, which meant ‘something sent… …

    Word origins

  • 16 Epistle — n. 1 formal or joc. a letter, esp. a long one on a serious subject. 2 (Epistle) a any of the letters of the apostles in the New Testament. b an extract from an Epistle read in a church service. 3 a poem or other literary work in the form of a… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 17 epistle — n. 1 formal or joc. a letter, esp. a long one on a serious subject. 2 (Epistle) a any of the letters of the apostles in the New Testament. b an extract from an Epistle read in a church service. 3 a poem or other literary work in the form of a… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 18 epistle — noun Etymology: Middle English, letter, Epistle, from Anglo French, from Latin epistula, epistola letter, from Greek epistolē message, letter, from epistellein to send to, from epi + stellein to send Date: 13th century 1. capitalized a. one of… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 epistle — /i pis euhl/, n. 1. a letter, esp. a formal or didactic one; written communication. 2. (usually cap.) one of the apostolic letters in the New Testament. 3. (often cap.) an extract, usually from one of the Epistles of the New Testament, forming… …

    Universalium

  • 20 epistle — noun /ɪˈpɪs.l/ a) A letter, or a literary composition in the form of a letter. he may be hurried from this plan by the vehemence of thought, as in an ode, or drop it carlessly, as in an epistle or essay b) One of the letters included as a book of …

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