evangelism

evangelism

[ih-van-juh-liz-uhm]
noun
1.
the preaching or promulgation of the gospel; the work of an evangelist.
3.
missionary zeal, purpose, or activity.

Origin:
1620–30; evangel2 + -ism

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evangelism (ɪˈvændʒɪˌlɪzəm)
 
n
1.  evangelization, RC Church term: evangelisation (in Protestant churches) the practice of spreading the Christian gospel
2.  ardent or missionary zeal for a cause
3.  the work, methods, or characteristic outlook of a revivalist or evangelist preacher
4.  See evangelical a less common word for evangelicalism

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evangelism
1620s, from L. evangelicus (see evangelist) + -ism. In reference to evangelical Protestantism, from 1812.
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