evan·​gel·​i·​cal | \ ˌē-ˌvan-ˈje-li-kəl How to pronounce evangelical (audio) , ˌe-vən- \
variants: or less commonly evangelic \ ˌē-​ˌvan-​ˈje-​lik How to pronounce evangelical (audio) , ˌe-​vən-​ \

Definition of evangelical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or being in agreement with the Christian gospel especially as it is presented in the four Gospels
3 : emphasizing salvation by faith in the atoning death of Jesus Christ through personal conversion, the authority of Scripture, and the importance of preaching as contrasted with ritual
4a capitalized : of or relating to the Evangelical Church in Germany
b often capitalized : of, adhering to, or marked by fundamentalism : fundamentalist
c often capitalized : low church
5 : marked by militant or crusading zeal : evangelistic the evangelical ardor of the movement's leaders— Amos Vogel


noun, often capitalized

Definition of evangelical (Entry 2 of 2)

: one holding evangelical principles or belonging to an evangelical party or church

Other Words from evangelical


Evangelicalism \ ˌē-​ˌvan-​ˈje-​li-​kə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce evangelical (audio) , ˌe-​vən-​ \ noun
evangelically \ ˌē-​ˌvan-​ˈje-​li-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce evangelical (audio) , ˌe-​vən-​ \ adverb

Examples of evangelical in a Sentence

Adjective She is an evangelical Christian. He spoke about the project with evangelical zeal.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective To me, the gospel audience—evangelical, zealous—was more Trekkie-like than had been considered. Danyel Smith, Rolling Stone, 1 May 2022 Slight and sandy-haired, with an earnest and eager affect, Wahl had been raised in South Dakota by evangelical parents. Megan K. Stack, The New Yorker, 28 Apr. 2022 Research suggests that a small minority of evangelical pastors bring politics to the pulpit. New York Times, 24 Apr. 2022 But Barr hopes the movement will elicit positive change in evangelical churches. Brianna Griff, Chron, 18 Mar. 2022 Such discourse has long percolated in niche far-right subcultures such as evangelical circles or QAnon conspiracy theorist spaces, within which LGBTQ people have long been accused of posing various dangers to children. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 21 Apr. 2022 Buck is an associate professor of practical theology at Southern California’s Azusa Pacific University, a private, evangelical Christian college. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2022 As few as 8 percent of white millennials identify as evangelical, according to a 2018 study, compared to 26 percent of white people older than 65. NBC News, 18 Apr. 2022 Like his fundamentalist forebears, conservative evangelical Baptist theologian Carl F.H. Henry argued in 1976 that all Christian doctrine can be rationally explained and can persuade any nonbeliever. Jason Oliver Evans, The Conversation, 14 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The couple had become close to Arolde de Oliveira, the owner of Flordelis’s record label—a prominent evangelical who was also a nine-term federal deputy. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 7 June 2021 Michael Saylor’s transformation into a corporate Bitcoin evangelical started prosaically enough. Eben Shapiro, Time, 21 Mar. 2021 There are some high-profile stories of resistance, like Billy Graham’s granddaughter Jerushah Duford, an evangelical who calls herself pro-life and is voting for Mr. Biden. Elizabeth Dias, New York Times, 30 Oct. 2020 Prevo, an influential evangelical in Alaska for decades, led Anchorage Baptist Temple for 47 years before retiring in 2019. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Oct. 2020 Falwell, a prominent evangelical, had been head of Liberty, one of the country’s largest Christian schools, since his father died in 2007. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, 25 Aug. 2020 Jeanine Añez, a far-right evangelical who had served as the Vice President of the Bolivian Senate, took over. Andre Pagliarini, The New Republic, 30 July 2020 So people who have been part of the big-tent religious institutions have been overrepresented in Congress relative to the evangelicals to this day. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, 5 Nov. 2018 Consolidating support among evangelicals and other religious conservatives has been crucial for the president, and his attendance at the march comes as his re-election campaign is looking to rally supporters. Jordan Fabian, Bloomberg.com, 7 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of evangelical


1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1532, in the meaning defined above

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“Evangelical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evangelical. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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