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epistles

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Epistle \E*pis"tle\, noun [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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Epistle \E*pis"tle\, verb (used with an object) To write; to communicate in a letter or by writing. [Obs.] --Milton.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

epistle

noun

1: a specially long, formal letter

2: a book of the New Testament written in the form of a letter from an Apostle


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