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Pentecostal

adjective Pen·te·cos·tal \ ˌpen-ti-ˈkä-stᵊl , -ˈkȯ- \

Definition of Pentecostal

1 : of, relating to, or suggesting Pentecost
2 : of, relating to, or constituting any of various Christian religious bodies that emphasize individual experiences of grace, spiritual gifts (such as glossolalia and faith healing), expressive worship, and evangelism

Pentecostalism

play \ˌpen-ti-ˈkä-stə-ˌli-zəm, -ˈkȯ-\ noun

Pentecostalist

play \ˌpen-ti-ˈkä-stə-list, -ˈkȯ-\ noun or adjective

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In ancient Greek, pentekoste meant "fiftieth day"—that is, the fiftieth day after Easter (counting Easter itself). On that day, Christians celebrate an event described in the Bible that took place fifty days after Christ's resurrection, when the apostles heard the rush of a mighty wind, saw tongues of fire descending on them, and heard the Holy Spirit speaking from their own mouths but in other tongues (languages). "Speaking in tongues", when everyone in a congregation may begin talking in languages that no one can understand, is the best-known practice of Pentecostals. Pentecostals belong to many different denominations; with growing numbers especially in Latin America and Africa, there may be over 500 million Pentecostals worldwide.

First Known Use of pentecostal

circa 1663

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Pentecostal

noun

Definition of Pentecostal

: a member of a Pentecostal religious body

First Known Use of pentecostal

1904

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PENTECOSTAL Defined for English Language Learners

Pentecostal

Definition of Pentecostal for English Language Learners

  • : of, relating to, or belonging to a Christian group that emphasizes the power of the Holy Spirit and the authority of the Bible


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