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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.

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. 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.

  2. Jane Lane:

    I don't have a good count on it because he hasn't been here much, probably his base in Iowa is different -- is more of an evangelical base -- than we have here in New Hampshire.

  3. 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.

  4. Juleanne Glover:

    She could play a pivotal role in all of these issues and in the future of the party, she’s an American success story with a biographical narrative that lends itself to a larger, inspirational story. Friends who know her well have always been evangelical about her potential. They are not surprised.

  5. Julianne Thompson:

    It remains to be seen, there’s a competition for evangelical voters. And we’ll see whether they respond to Ted Cruz’s message and if he gets the campaign energy that Trump now has.

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