an associate of 1 of certain ascetic sects which at numerous times professed to copy the training associated with apostles
- with respect to an apostle or even the apostles their times or their distinct nature as an apostolical objective the apostolic age
- proceeding from or bought by or subject to a pope and/or papacy considered to be the successor regarding the Apostles
- of or regarding or deriving from Apostles or their particular teachings
- Alt. of Apostolical
- A member of just one of certain ascetic sects which at numerous times professed to copy the training associated with the apostles.
very early 15c., from French apostolique or directly from Church Latin apostolicus, from Greek apostolikos, from apostolos (see apostle). Apostolical is also early 15c.
(a.) Alt. of Apostolical
- (n.) An associate of 1 of particular ascetic sects which at various times professed to imitate the rehearse associated with the apostles.
The fathers of the first six or seven centuries, so far as they agree, may be fairly taken to represent the main stream of Christian tradition and belief during the period when the apostolic teaching took shape in the great creeds and dogmatic decisions of Christendom.