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 evangelic (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

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Other Words from evangelical


Evangelicalism \ ˌē-​ˌvan-​ˈje-​li-​kə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce Evangelicalism (audio) , ˌe-​vən-​ \ noun
evangelically \ ˌē-​ˌvan-​ˈje-​li-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce evangelically (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 Greenville County, one of the largest counties in the state, delivered Trump a 25-point victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016 and remains a cultural center for evangelical Christians. Paul Bowers, The New Republic, "How Lindsey Graham Could Lose in 2020," 16 Mar. 2020 Trump, for his part, peaked at 98% of very conservative voters and 94% of evangelical white Christians. Gary Langer, ABC News, "Strong liberals lift Sanders, Buttigieg keeps a broad base as NH centrists bring Klobuchar into contention," 11 Feb. 2020 Reed is one of several prominent evangelical leaders to have shared vocal support for the president. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Prominent evangelical group to announce $50 million battleground ad buy," 5 Feb. 2020 Several Democrats already have readily courted religious supporters by emphasizing how faith connects to their agendas, even as President Donald Trump seeks to shore up his already strong support from white evangelical Protestants. Washington Post, "Warren rolls out council of interfaith advisers," 24 Jan. 2020 According to a poll late last year by the Public Religion Research Institute, 77% of white, evangelical Protestants approved of the job President Trump is doing, and a large majority said he should not be impeached and removed from office. WSJ, "Trump and the Support of Evangelical Voters," 15 Jan. 2020 At the beginning of the impeachment inquiry, 99% of Republican white evangelical Protestants opposed Mr. Trump's impeachment and removal. CBS News, "Scathing editorial in evangelical magazine Christianity Today calls for Trump's removal from office," 19 Dec. 2019 Conservative evangelical Protestants are a key constituency for U.S. President Donald Trump. David Mchugh And Suzan Fraser, Fox News, "Why Turkey's currency is plunging and what it means," 13 Aug. 2018 But, already, polls show Trump losing more support, relative to his 2016 vote, among white Catholics than among white evangelical Protestants, another pillar of the GOP electoral coalition. Ronald Brownstein, CNN, "Is the GOP at risk of losing Catholics?," 1 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Anti-Trump evangelicals have been vocal in the last few weeks in opposition to the president and his supporters. Fox News, "Anti-Trump worship leader pens 'hymn' to rebuke evangelical supporters," 31 Jan. 2020 White evangelicals were also more likely than members of other faiths to say religion should have at least some influence on policy-making. Time, "Trump Portrays Himself as Defender of Faith for Evangelical Supporters at Miami Rally," 4 Jan. 2020 White evangelicals were also more likely than members of other faiths to say religion should have at least some influence on policymaking. Washington Post, "Poll: White evangelicals distinct on abortion, LGBT policy," 2 Jan. 2020 Notably, Whitehead and Perry find that about a quarter of white evangelicals hold beliefs that do not align with Christian nationalism. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, "What It Would Take for Evangelicals to Turn on President Trump," 23 Dec. 2019 White evangelicals are Trump's most steadfast supporters. John Blake, CNN, "Why Christian music's biggest stars refuse to change their tune for the Trump era," 15 Oct. 2019 White evangelicals continue to be one of the most reliable voting groups in the country. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The GOP can’t rely on white evangelicals forever," 7 Nov. 2018 Vice President Mike Pence, already the administration’s point-person with conservatives, evangelicals, and advocates for religious freedom, is building up his team to keep them close as the president dives into the 2020 reelection. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Mr. Conservative: Pence builds outreach team for 2020 and beyond," 27 Feb. 2020 Trump’s rise through the Republican Party has been bolstered by support from evangelicals, who make up about 25% of Republican voters. Nic Garcia, Dallas News, "Born in Mexico, this new American is voting for Donald Trump," 5 Jan. 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Evangelical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evangelical. Accessed 28 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of evangelical

: of or relating to a Christian sect or group that stresses the authority of the Bible, the importance of believing that Jesus Christ saved you personally from sin or hell, and the preaching of these beliefs to other people
: having or showing very strong and enthusiastic feelings

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