What does evangelist mean?

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ɪˈvæn dʒə lɪstevan·ge·list

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. evangelist, revivalist, gospeler, gospellernoun

    a preacher of the Christian gospel

  2. Evangelistnoun

    (when capitalized) any of the spiritual leaders who are assumed to be authors of the Gospels in the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John


  1. evangelistnoun

    An itinerant or special preacher, especially a revivalist.

  2. evangelistnoun

    A preacher of the gospel.

  3. evangelistnoun

    A writer of a gospel, especially the four New Testament Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), usually Evangelist.

  4. evangelistnoun

    A person who first brought the gospel to a city or region.

  5. evangelistnoun

    A patriarch

  6. evangelistnoun

    A person marked by extreme enthusiasm for or support of any cause, particularly with regard to religion.

  7. Evangelistnoun

    A writer of a gospel, especially the four New Testament Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), (also evangelist.)

  8. Etymology: From evangeliste, from ecclesiastical evangelista, from ecclesiastical εὐαγγελιστής, from εὐαγγελίζεσθαι, from εὐάγγελος, from εὖ + ἀγγέλλειν.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Evangelistnoun

    Etymology: ἔυαγγελος.

    Each of these early writers ascribe to the four evangelists by name their respective histories. Joseph Addison, Christ. Religion.

    Those to whom he first entrusted the promulgating of the gospel, had instructions; and it were fit our new evangelists should show their authority. Decay of Piety.


  1. evangelist

    An evangelist is a person who seeks to convert others to a particular religion, faith, or belief system, typically Christianity, through preaching or spreading the 'good news'. This term can also refer to a writer of any of the four Gospels in the New Testament - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. In a broader non-religious context, an evangelist might be a passionate advocate or promoter of a particular cause, product, or idea.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Evangelistnoun

    a bringer of the glad tidings of Church and his doctrines. Specially: (a) A missionary preacher sent forth to prepare the way for a resident pastor; an itinerant missionary preacher. (b) A writer of one of the four Gospels (With the definite article); as, the four evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. (c) A traveling preacher whose efforts are chiefly directed to arouse to immediate repentance

  2. Etymology: [F. vangliste, L. evangelista, fr. Gr. e'yaggelisth`s.]


  1. Evangelist

    In the Latter Day Saint movement, an evangelist is an ordained office of the ministry. In some denominations of the movement, an evangelist is referred to as a patriarch. However, the latter term was deprecated by the Community of Christ after the church began ordaining women to the priesthood. Other denominations, such as The Church of Jesus Christ, have an evangelist position independent of the original patriarch office instituted by the movement's founder Joseph Smith, Jr.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Evangelist

    a name given in the early Church to one whose office it was to persuade the ignorant and unbelieving into the fold of the Church.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Evangelist

    From the Greek euanggelion, “good news.” One of the four writers of the Gospels of the New Testament.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Evangelist is ranked #48060 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Evangelist surname appeared 440 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Evangelist.

    86.5% or 381 total occurrences were White.
    7.5% or 33 total occurrences were Black.
    4.7% or 21 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of evangelist in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of evangelist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of evangelist in a Sentence

  1. Johathan Edwards:

    Nature is God's greatest evangelist.

  2. Linda Ong:

    These apps are a volume play, the prices are so low that fans don’t even blink, which turns each of them into a potential evangelist for more, provided the experience is rewarding. Every time someone uses them, it’s like a free marketing campaign to all of their followers and friends.

  3. Russell Moore:

    Billy Graham was, in my view, the most important evangelist since the Apostle Paul. Billy Graham preached Christ, not himself, not politics, not prosperity, what Billy Graham taught us is all summed up in the invitation hymn sing at Billy Graham crusades across the nation : ‘ Just as I am, without one plea, but that Thy blood was shed for me, ’.

  4. Larry Villa:

    Obviously, it's important, because if it weren't, Cruz wouldn't be appealing to evangelicals so strongly, i'm sure that (Cruz) is a Christian, good evangelist, but I think he just comes out more trying to sell it than just letting people know that that's who he is.

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  • Joshua Wakili Gado
    Joshua Wakili Gado
    Oh God, I want to know you, my brothers & sisters, why wasting time?
    LikeReply 29 years ago

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