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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Epistle  \E*pis"tle\,  v.  t. 
  To  write;  to  communicate  in  a  letter  or  by  writing.  [Obs.] 
  --Milton. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  epistle 
  n  :  especially  a  long,  formal  letter 




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