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noun gos·pel \ˈgäs-pəl\

Simple Definition of gospel

  • : the teachings of the Christian religion

  • Gospel : any one of the first four books of the Christian Bible that tell of the life of Jesus Christ

  • : an idea or set of ideas that someone believes and often tries to make other people believe

Full Definition of gospel

  1. 1 a often capitalized :  the message concerning Christ, the kingdom of God, and salvation b capitalized :  one of the first four New Testament books telling of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; also :  a similar apocryphal book c :  an interpretation of the Christian message <the social gospel>

  2. 2 capitalized :  a lection from one of the New Testament Gospels

  3. 3 :  the message or teachings of a religious teacher

  4. 4 :  something accepted or promoted as infallible truth or as a guiding principle or doctrine <took her words as gospel> <spreading the gospel of conservation — R. M. Hodesh>

  5. 5 :  gospel music

gos·pel·ly play \ˈgäs-pə-lē\ adjective

Examples of gospel

  1. a reading from the Gospel of St. John

  2. <her private gospel is to do good cheerfully and without any expectation of reward>

Origin of gospel

Middle English, from Old English gōdspel (translation of Late Latin evangelium), from gōd good + spell tale — more at spell

First Known Use: before 12th century



adjective gos·pel

Definition of gospel

  1. 1 a :  having a basis in or being in accordance with the gospel :  evangelical <ordained to the gospel ministry — Christian Century> b :  marked by special or fervid emphasis on the gospel <a gospel meeting>

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or being religious songs of American origin associated with evangelism and popular devotion and marked by simple melody and harmony and elements of folk songs and blues

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of gospel

before 12th century

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February 6, 2016

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