altar call

noun

: an appeal by an evangelist to worshippers to come forward to signify their decision to commit their lives to Christ

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Thousands came to see him, and many streamed forward to commit their lives to Christ when Graham gave his famous altar call. Daniel Silliman, Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2018 His 20-minute sermon would be followed by his familiar altar call, an invitation for those in the audience to come forward to accept Christ. Kevin Mcgill, The Seattle Times, 25 Feb. 2018 He and the other reporters took to betting on the altar calls. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, 22 Feb. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of altar call was in 1896

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“Altar call.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/altar%20call. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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