Definition of Epistle

1. Noun. A specially long, formal letter.

Generic synonyms: Letter, Missive
Derivative terms: Epistolary

2. Noun. A book of the New Testament written in the form of a letter from an Apostle.

Definition of Epistle

1. n. A writing directed or sent to a person or persons; a written communication; a letter; -- applied usually to formal, didactic, or elegant letters.

2. v. t. To write; to communicate in a letter or by writing.

Definition of Epistle

1. Noun. A letter, or a literary composition in the form of a letter. ¹

2. Noun. (Christianity) One of the letters included as a book of the New Testament. ¹

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Definition of Epistle

1. a long or formal letter [n -S]

Medical Definition of Epistle

1. 1. A writing directed or sent to a person or persons; a written communication; a letter; applied usually to formal, didactic, or elegant letters. "A madman's epistles are no gospels." (Shak) 2. One of the letters in the new Testament which were addressed to their Christian brethren by Apostles. Epistle side, the right side of an altar or church to a person looking from the nave toward the chancel. "One sees the pulpit on the epistle side." (R. Browning) Origin: 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; upon, to + to dispatch, send; cf. OF. Epistle, epistre, F. Epitre. See Stall. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Epistle

epistemological turn
episternal bone
epistle (current term)
epistle lesson
epistle lessons

Literary usage of Epistle

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"(4) Desiring to end or abbreviate his epistle Paul begins the conclusion (iii, ... Paul concludes his epistle by a more explicit renewal of thanks to the ..."

2. A Dictionary of the Bible: Comprising Its Antiquities, Biography, Geography by William Smith, John Mee Fuller (1893)
"It will be swn then that the teaching of the Second epistle is corrective of, or rather supplemental to, that of the First, and therefore presupposes it. ..."

3. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"Had the epistle been intended for any church or churches, they, ... They would have claimed their own epistle. General Gentile readers, as not organized, ..."

4. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1910)
"Place had been driven from it by pestilence and Date and persecution, render it certain that of Composi- Peter did not compose his epistle there, tion; ..."

5. Cyclopaedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature by John McClintock, James Strong, Roul Tunley (1883)
"The employment of we is different in the second epistle from the first. There, though it occurs otherwise, it is generally employed in comparisons, ..."

6. The Ante-Nicene Fathers: Translations of the Writings of the Fathers Down to by Alexander Roberts, James Donaldson, Arthur Cleveland Coxe, Ernest Cushing Richardson, Allan Menzies, Bernhard Pick (1885)
"THE anonymous author of this epistle gives himself the title (Mathetes) "a disciple ' of ... I place his letter here, as a sequel to the Clementine epistle, ..."

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