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Princeton's WordNet

  1. evangelicaladjective

    relating to or being a Christian church believing in personal conversion and the inerrancy of the Bible especially the 4 Gospels

    "evangelical Christianity"; "an ultraconservative evangelical message"

  2. evangelicaladjective

    of or pertaining to or in keeping with the Christian gospel especially as in the first 4 books of the New Testament

  3. evangelical, evangelisticadjective

    marked by ardent or zealous enthusiasm for a cause


  1. Evangelicaladjective

    Having or characterized by a zealous, crusading enthusiasm for a cause.

  2. Evangelicaladjective

    Adhering to a form of Christianity characterized by a conservative interpretation of the bible, but disavowing the label 'bdfundamentalist`'b8.


  1. evangelicalnoun

    A member of an evangelical church

  2. evangelicalnoun

    An advocate of evangelicalism

  3. evangelicaladjective

    Pertaining to the gospel(s) of the Christian New Testament

  4. evangelicaladjective

    Pertaining to the doctrines or teachings of the Christian gospel or Christianity in general.

  5. evangelicaladjective

    Protestant; specifically, designating European churches which were originally Lutheran rather than Calvinist.

  6. evangelicaladjective

    Pertaining to a movement in Protestant Christianity that stresses personal conversion and the authority of the Bible (evangelicalism).

  7. evangelicaladjective

    Zealously enthusiastic.

  8. Evangelicaladjective

    Of, or relating to any of several Christian Churches that believe in the sole authority of the gospels

  9. Evangelicaladjective

    Of, or relating to Protestant (especially Lutheran) Churches in Germany

  10. Etymology: from evangelium, from εὐαγγέλιον

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Evangelicaladjective

    Etymology: evangelique, French; evangelicus, Latin.

    This distinction between moral goodness and evangelical perfection, ought to have been observed. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    God will indeed judge the world in righteousness; but ’tis by an evangelical, not a legal righteousness, and by the intervention of the man Christ Jesus, who is the Saviour as well as the judge of the world. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    Those evangelical hymns they allow not to stand in our liturgy. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 35.


  1. evangelical

    Evangelicalism (), also called evangelical Christianity or evangelical Protestantism, is a worldwide interdenominational movement within Protestant Christianity that affirms the centrality of being "born again", in which an individual experiences personal conversion; the authority of the Bible as God's revelation to humanity (biblical inerrancy); and spreading the Christian message. The word evangelical comes from the Greek (euangelion) word for "good news".Its origins are usually traced to 1738, with various theological streams contributing to its foundation, including Pietism and Radical Pietism, Puritanism, Quakerism, Presbyterianism and Moravianism (in particular its bishop Nicolaus Zinzendorf and his community at Herrnhut). Preeminently, John Wesley and other early Methodists were at the root of sparking this new movement during the First Great Awakening. Today, evangelicals are found across many Protestant branches, as well as in various denominations around the world, not subsumed to a specific branch. Among leaders and major figures of the evangelical Protestant movement were Nicolaus Zinzendorf, George Fox, John Wesley, George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, Billy Graham, Bill Bright, Harold Ockenga, Gudina Tumsa, John Stott, Francisco Olazábal, William J. Seymour, Martyn Lloyd-Jones.The movement has long had a presence in the Anglosphere before spreading further afield in the 19th, 20th and early 21st centuries. The movement gained great momentum during the 18th and 19th centuries with the Great Awakenings in Great Britain and the United States. In 2016, there were an estimated 619 million evangelicals in the world, meaning that one in four Christians would be classified as evangelical. The United States has the largest proportion of evangelicals in the world. American evangelicals are a quarter of that nation's population and its single largest religious group. As a transdenominational coalition, evangelicals can be found in nearly every Protestant denomination and tradition, particularly within the Calvinist (Continental Reformed, Presbyterian, Congregational), Arminian, Plymouth Brethren, Baptist, Methodist (Wesleyan, Holiness), Lutheran, Moravian, Free Church, Mennonite, Quaker, Pentecostal, Charismatic, and non-denominational churches.


  1. evangelical

    Evangelical refers to a broad group or movement within Protestant Christianity that emphasizes the authority of the Bible, the necessity of personal conversion or being "born again," the centrality of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for salvation, and the urgency of actively spreading the Gospel. This term may also be used to describe a method of Christian ministry or a particular attitude towards Christianity's role in the world. It is derived from the Greek word "euangelion" meaning "good news" or "gospel."

Webster Dictionary

  1. Evangelicaladjective

    contained in, or relating to, the four Gospels; as, the evangelical history

  2. Evangelicaladjective

    belonging to, agreeable or consonant to, or contained in, the gospel, or the truth taught in the New Testament; as, evangelical religion

  3. Evangelicaladjective

    earnest for the truth taught in the gospel; strict in interpreting Christian doctrine; preeminetly orthodox; -- technically applied to that party in the Church of England, and in the Protestant Episcopal Church, which holds the doctrine of "Justification by Faith alone"; the Low Church party. The term is also applied to other religion bodies not regarded as orthodox

  4. Evangelicalnoun

    one of evangelical principles

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Evangelical

    a term applied to all those forms of Christianity which regard the atonement of Christ, or His sacrifice on the Cross for sin, as the ground and central principle of the Christian faith.

Editors Contribution

  1. evangelical

    a believer in justification by faith alone, the necessity of the new birth, the supremacy of Scripture vs. tradition, and that all Christians are called to evangelize

    George Whitefield was a zealous evangelical. He was very evangelical, very Bible-centered.

    Submitted by Noah Hirsch on May 8, 2018  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of evangelical in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of evangelical in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of evangelical in a Sentence

  1. George Frederick Handel:

    What a wonderful thing it is to be sure of one's faith How wonderful to be a member of the evangelical church, which preaches the free grace of God through Christ as the hope of sinners If we were to rely on our works--my God, what would become of us

  2. Russell Moore:

    They're looking for someone who will lead with justice for the common good ... which is one of the reasons why I'm not spending a lot of time asking politicians to outline for me their personal testimonies, which I think in the past has often led to politicians learning what evangelical testimonies sound like in order to win evangelical voters, that in and of itself is not an issue for me.

  3. Farris Wilks:

    America has always been a land of opportunity. Its the one place on earth where you can go from building brick walls in the Texas heat to the kind of success my brother and I have achieved, ted Cruz believes in the opportunity society, he believes in the dignity of hard work, and hes not afraid to fight for what he believes in. The Wilkses are not the only billionaires backing Cruz. Reclusive hedge fund magnate Robert Mercer gave $11 million; Texas energy investor Toby Neugebauer gave $10 million. Mercer has declined to comment on why he is supporting Cruz, while Neugebauer backs Cruz for his track record promoting conservative causes and opposing the federal debt. Despite the large donations, Cruz is not among the leaders of the Republican race. A Reuters/Ipsos poll on Sept. 8 showed him in fourth place among Republican voters at 5.5 percent, tied with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. . PRAYING FOR CRUZ. The day after President Barack Obama won a second term, I was pretty bummed out, Farris Wilks told congregants in a sermon on Nov. 7, 2012, a recording of which was provided by Peter Montgomery, a senior fellow with the equal rights group People for the American Way. I do believe that our country died that Tuesday night, Wilks said. Less than a year later, Farris found himself in the ballroom of the Marriott Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa, where Cruz stood with head bowed in a prayer circle, surrounded by evangelical Christians. Cruz was among the political headliners at a Pastors and Pews conference, an annual, closed-door affair that now occurs in roughly 14 states and is organized by Christian nationalist David Lane. The born-again Lane, a self-described former wild man of drugs, wine, women and song, believes the Bible should be the primary textbook in public schools and that judges who favor same-sex marriage should be impeached. He says people who embrace homosexual marriage, along with pagan public schools, pagan higher learning and pagan media, are creating Americas downfall with their multiracial false gods. One of Lanes major aims is to motivate at least 1,000 pastors to run for office in 2016. Polling shows there are 65 million to 80 million evangelical Christians but only a quarter of them vote. Getting 5 percent more registered and voting would, according to Lane, put a conservative in the White House. Asked about the Wilks brothers' financial support for Cruz, Lane said in an interview:.

  4. Robert Tasman:

    The event was viewed more as an evangelical event with a political tone to it, and the bishops don't participate in such events.

  5. Peter Ustinov:

    There is no question but that if Jesus Christ, or a great prophet from another religion, were to come back today, he would find it virtually impossible to convince anyone of his credentials despite the fact that the vast evangelical machine on American television is predicated on His imminent return among us sinners.

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