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EPISTLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Epistle mean? 

EPISTLE (noun)
  The noun EPISTLE has 2 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: EPISTLE used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


EPISTLE (noun)


Sense 1epistle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A specially long, formal letter

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("epistle" is a kind of...):

letter; missive (a written message addressed to a person or organization)


Sense 2Epistle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A book of the New Testament in the form of a letter from an Apostle

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("Epistle" is a kind of...):

book (a major division of a long written composition)

Instance hyponyms:

Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans; Epistle to the Romans; Romans (a New Testament book containing an exposition of the doctrines of Saint Paul; written in AD 58)

Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Philemon; Epistle to Philemon; Philemon (a New Testament book containing an epistle from Saint Paul to Philemon asking Philemon to forgive the slave for escaping)

Epistle to the Hebrews; Hebrews (a New Testament book traditionally included among the epistle of Saint Paul but now generally considered not to have been written by him)

Epistle of James; James (a New Testament book attributed to Saint James the Apostle)

First Epistle of Peter; I Peter (the first New Testament book traditionally attributed to Saint Peter the Apostle)

II Peter; Second Epistle of Peter (the second New Testament book traditionally attributed to Saint Peter the Apostle)

First Epistle of John; I John (the first New Testament epistle traditionally attributed to Saint John the Apostle)

II John; Second Epistel of John (the second New Testament epistle traditionally attributed to Saint John the Apostle)

III John; Third Epistel of John (the third New Testament epistle traditionally attributed to Saint John the Apostle)

Epistle of Jude; Jude (a New Testament book attributed to Saint Jude)

Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Titus; Epistle to Titus; Titus (a new Testament book containing Saint Paul's epistle to Titus; contains advice on pastoral matters)

II Timothy; Second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Timothy; Second Epistle to Timothy (a New Testament book containing Saint Paul's second epistle to Timothy; contains advice on pastoral matters)

First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians; First Epistle to the Corinthians; I Corinthians (a New Testament book containing the first epistle from Saint Paul to the church at Corinth)

II Corinthians; Second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians; Second Epistle to the Corinthians (a New Testament book containing the second epistle from Saint Paul to the church at Corinth)

Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians; Epistle to the Galatians; Galatians (a New Testament book containing the epistle from Saint Paul to the Galatians)

Ephesians; Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians; Epistle to the Ephesians (a New Testament book containing the epistle from Saint Paul to the Ephesians which explains the divine plan for the world and the consummation of this in Christ)

Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Philippians; Epistle to the Philippians; Philippians (a New Testament book containing an epistle from Saint Paul to the church at Philippi in Macedonia)

Colossians; Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Colossians; Epistle to the Colossians (a New Testament book containing an epistle from Saint Paul to the Colossians in ancient Phrygia)

First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Thessalonians; First Epistle to the Thessalonians; I Thessalonians (a New Testament book containing Saint Paul's first epistle to the Thessalonians)

II Thessalonians; Second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Thessalonians; Second Epistle to the Thessalonians (a New Testament book containing Saint Paul's second epistle to the Thessalonians)

First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Timothy; First Epistle to Timothy; I Timothy (a New Testament book containing Saint Paul's first epistle to Timothy; contains advice on pastoral matters)

Holonyms ("Epistle" is a part of...):

New Testament (the collection of books of the Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, the Pauline and other epistles, and Revelation; composed soon after Christ's death; the second half of the Christian Bible)


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