apostolate[ə päs′tə lit, -lāt′]
apostolate definition by Webster's New World
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the office, duties, or period of activity of an apostle
Origin: Middle English apostolat ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin apostolatus ; from apostolus: see apostle
apostolate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The office, duties, or mission of an apostle.
- An association of individuals for the dissemination of a religion or doctrine.
Origin: Late Latin apostolātus, from apostolus, apostle; see Apostle .