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evangelical

[ee-van-jel-i-kuh l, ev-uh n-] /ˌi vænˈdʒɛl ɪ kəl, ˌɛv ən-/
adjective
1.
Also, evangelic. pertaining to or in keeping with the gospel and its teachings.
2.
belonging to or designating the Christian churches that emphasize the teachings and authority of the Scriptures, especially of the New Testament, in opposition to the institutional authority of the church itself, and that stress as paramount the tenet that salvation is achieved by personal conversion to faith in the atonement of Christ.
3.
designating Christians, especially of the late 1970s, eschewing the designation of fundamentalist but holding to a conservative interpretation of the Bible.
4.
pertaining to certain movements in the Protestant churches in the 18th and 19th centuries that stressed the importance of personal experience of guilt for sin, and of reconciliation to God through Christ.
5.
marked by ardent or zealous enthusiasm for a cause.
noun
6.
an adherent of evangelical doctrines or a person who belongs to an evangelical church or party.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Late Latin evangelicus (< Late Greek euangelikós; see evangel1, -ic) + -al1
Related forms
evangelically, adverb
evangelicalness, evangelicality, noun
nonevangelic, adjective
nonevangelical, adjective
nonevangelically, adverb
pseudoevangelic, adjective
pseudoevangelical, adjective
pseudoevangelically, adverb
superevangelical, adjective
superevangelically, adverb
unevangelic, adjective
unevangelical, adjective
unevangelically, adverb
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Examples from the web for evangelical
  • He's a great, almost evangelical figurehead for his company.
  • It turned out that they were part of an evangelical ministry and that our school was their church.
  • evangelical interlopers were scared away by violence, but that is no longer the case.
  • Here, though, is what happens to evangelical types who try to take global warming seriously.
  • How tightly their strident anti-statism will connect with evangelical apocalypticism remains to be seen.
  • But he is evangelical about the directive's purpose.
  • For all its thunder, the evangelical message encouraged sobriety and industry.
  • If memory serves, this isn't the first evangelical school that has mistreated you.
  • Locals often have an almost evangelical interest in explaining the music.
  • evangelical intellectuals are trying to revitalize their tradition.
British Dictionary definitions for evangelical

evangelical

/ˌiːvænˈdʒɛlɪkəl/
adjective
1.
of, based upon, or following from the Gospels
2.
denoting or relating to any of certain Protestant sects or parties, which emphasize the importance of personal conversion and faith in atonement through the death of Christ as a means of salvation
3.
another word for evangelistic
noun
4.
an upholder of evangelical doctrines or a member of an evangelical sect or party, esp the Low-Church party of the Church of England
Derived Forms
evangelicalism, noun
evangelically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for evangelical

1530s (adj. and noun), from evangelic (early 15c., from Old French evangelique, from Late Latin evangelicus; see evangelist) + -al (1). In reference to a tendency or school in Protestantism, from mid-18c. Related: Evangelicalism (1831).

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evangelical in Culture

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A member of any of various Christian churches that believes in the sole authority of the literal Bible, a salvation only through regeneration, or rebirth, and a spiritually transformed personal life.

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