from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to an apostle.
- adj. Of, relating to, or contemporary with the 12 Apostles.
- adj. Of, relating to, or derived from the teaching or practice of the 12 Apostles.
- adj. Of or relating to a succession of spiritual authority from the 12 Apostles, regarded by Anglicans, Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and some others to have been perpetuated by successive ordinations of bishops and to be requisite for valid orders and administration of sacraments.
- adj. Roman Catholic Church Of or relating to the pope as the successor of Saint Peter; papal.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. pertaining to an apostle, or to the apostles, their times, or their peculiar spirit
- adj. according to the doctrines of the apostles; delivered or taught by the apostles
- adj. Of or relating to the pope or the papacy; papal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to an apostle, or to the apostles, their times, or their peculiar spirit
- adj. According to the doctrines of the apostles; delivered or taught by the apostles.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the pope or the papacy; papal.
- n. A member of one of certain ascetic sects which at various times professed to imitate the practice of the apostles.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining or relating to or characteristic of an apostle, or more especially of the twelve apostles; of the apostles or an apostle: as, the apostolic age.
- According to the doctrines of the apostles; delivered or taught by the apostles: as, apostolic faith or practice.
- An epithet of the Christian church, signifying her identity with the primitive church of the apostles. See apostolicity.
- Pertaining to or conferred by the pope: as, apostolic privileges; apostolic benediction.
- n. A member of one of various sects (also called Apostolicals or Apostolici) which professed to revive the doctrine and practice of the apostles.
- n. A title of bishops in early times, afterward limited to primates, and finally to the pope.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. proceeding from or ordered by or subject to a pope or the papacy regarded as the successor of the Apostles
- adj. of or relating to or deriving from the Apostles or their teachings
From Latin apostolicus ("apostolic"), from Ancient Greek ἀποστολικός (apostolikós, "apostolic"): compare with French apostolique. (Wiktionary)