Pen·​te·​cos·​tal | \ ˌpen-ti-ˈkä-stᵊl How to pronounce Pentecostal (audio) , -ˈkȯ- \

Definition of Pentecostal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of Pentecostal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a member of a Pentecostal religious body

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Pentecostalism \ ˌpen-​ti-​ˈkä-​stə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce Pentecostalism (audio) , -​ˈkȯ-​ \ noun
Pentecostalist \ ˌpen-​ti-​ˈkä-​stə-​list How to pronounce Pentecostalist (audio) , -​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


1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Pentecostal was circa 1663

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“Pentecostal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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: 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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