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Epistil(l, Epistle, n. Also: epystil, epistel. [ME. epistle (a 1225), epistelle, epistil, etc., OF. epistle. Cf. Epistole.]

1. An epistle, a letter. a1400 Leg. S. xi. 120.
Thane Iudas has the epystil tane, That Criste to Agabarus wrat
1456 Hay II. 75/3.
He send him … lettris and epistelis how he suld governe him in all his dedis
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxx. 27.
My brethir oft hes maid thé supplicationis, Be epistillis, sermonis, and relationis
1540 Glencarne in Knox I. 72.
Ane epistle direct fra the Holye Armite of Allerit to his bretheren the Gray Freires
1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 9.
Thys clase sal reid … the epistles of Cicero
transf. a1540 Freiris Berw. 188.
Scho rowndis than ane epistill in till eyre

2. One of the epistles of the New Testament or that read in the church service. 1456 Hay I. 11/17.
Sanct Peter … with his epistlis that he send our all the warld of the faith
1490 Irland Mir. I. 19/7.
Sanct James sais in the first cheptur of his epistill
1491 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. 256.
The epistill of the mes
1533 Gau 20/24.
As sanct Paul writis in … his first epistil to Thimothe
1562-3 Winȝet II. 30/17.
In the places follouing of the samin epistil [to the Galatians]
1567 G. Ball. 72.
Ane carrell of the epistill on ȝule euin
a1578 Pitsc. II. 69/22.
I haue red into the epistillis of Sanct Paull [etc.]

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