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Epistle definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

EPIS'TLE, n. epis'l. [L. epistola; Gr. to send to; to send.]
A writing, directed or sent, communicating intelligence to a distant person; a letter; a letter missive. It is rarely used in familiar conversation or writings, but chiefly in solemn or formal transactions. It is used particularly in speaking of the letters of the Apostles, as the epistles of Paul; and of other letters written by the ancients, as the epistles of Pliny or of Cicero.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a specially long, formal letter
2: a book of the New Testament written in the form of a letter from an Apostle

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English, letter, Epistle, from Anglo-French, from Latin epistula, epistola letter, from Greek epistol? message, letter, from epistellein to send to, from epi- + stellein to send Date: 13th century 1. capitalized a. one of the letters adopted as books of the New Testament b. a liturgical lection usually from one of the New Testament Epistles 2. a. letter; especially a formal or elegant letter b. a composition in the form of a letter epistler noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

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 letter or series of letters. Etymology: ME f. OF f. L epistola f. Gk epistole f. epistello send news (as EPI-, stello send)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Epistle E*pis"tle, v. t. To write; to communicate in a letter or by writing. [Obs.] --Milton.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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. ['e]p[^i]tre. See Stall.] 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. (Eccl.) 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.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(epistles) 1. An epistle is a letter. (LITERARY) N-COUNT: supp N 2. In the Bible, the Epistles are a series of books in the New Testament which were originally written as letters to the early Christians. N-COUNT: usu N to n

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

e-pis'-'-l (epistole, "a letter," "epistle"; from epistello, "to send to"):

Contents

1. New Testament Epistles 2. Distinctive Characteristics 3. Letter-Writing in Antiquity 4. Letters in the Old Testament 5. Letters in the Apocrypha 6. Epistolary Writings in the New Testament 7. Epistles as Distinguished from Letters 8. Patristic Epistles 9. Apocryphal Epistles

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Letter, note, written communication. 2. Letter, missive, apostolical letter.



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