evan·​ge·​lism | \ i-ˈvan-jə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce evangelism (audio) \

Definition of evangelism

1 : the winning or revival of personal commitments to Christ
2 : militant or crusading zeal

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Other Words from evangelism

evangelistic \ i-​ˌvan-​jə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce evangelistic (audio) \ adjective
evangelistically \ i-​ˌvan-​jə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce evangelistically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of evangelism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the city in the ’30s, with its anti-immigrant sentiments, radio evangelism and infiltration by a foreign power (in this case, the Third Reich), resonated with the present. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "In ‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels,’ California Dreaming, Darkly," 24 Apr. 2020 Rather than engage in political evangelism, the EU is giving up on universalism, even though civilisation-states naturally tend to be expansive. The Economist, "Charlemagne Huntington’s disease and the clash of civilisation-states," 2 Jan. 2020 Back in London, rather than starting negotiations, May cracked on with her Brexit evangelism. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "The UK has messed up Brexit. Now Boris Johnson is trapped in hell," 26 Oct. 2019 Both represent a perverse evangelism valuing gut feeling that purports its detachment from reality as radicalism. Brian Josephs, EW.com, "Kanye West is an unreliable pastor on Jesus Is King," 28 Oct. 2019 Thankfully, this mild mosquito evangelism does not go so far as to include them in the live menagerie. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Hold a giant cockroach (if you want) in new ‘Fantastic Bug Encounters!’ at the Field Museum," 26 June 2019 The group has also been doing door-to-door evangelism, Killian said. al.com, "What is indicted Pickens Co. sheriff doing on his mission trip to Brazil?," 27 June 2019 To Osteen, the Night of Hope crowds testify to the overwhelming success of his church's media-savvy evangelism. Katherine Blunt, Houston Chronicle, "Behind-the-scenes at a Joel Osteen 'Night of Hope' event: Books, bargains and stuff," 7 June 2018 During that time, his new-artist evangelism on behalf of Maren Morris, Old Dominion, LANCO and streaming-social powerhouses Kane Brown and Luke Combs -- all of whom delivered No. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Billboard's 2018 Country Power Players List Revealed: The Industry's Most Influential," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of evangelism

circa 1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of evangelism was circa 1626

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“Evangelism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evangelism. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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