evan·​ge·​lism | \i-ˈvan-jə-ˌli-zəm \

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 \ adjective
evangelistically \i-​ˌvan-​jə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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On the other side of things, poking fun at blockchain evangelism is now a nerdy pastime, more enjoyable even than ridiculing handlebar moustaches and fixie bicycles. Longreads, "Blockchain Just Isn’t As Radical As You Want It To Be," 16 Feb. 2018 During his tenure as president of the executive committee, Page focused on personal evangelism and the inclusion of women, young leaders and numerous ethnic groups in Baptist life, the Baptist Press said. USA TODAY, "Frank S. Page, top Southern Baptist leader, resigns due to 'morally inappropriate' relationship," 27 Mar. 2018 Graham’s integrity was credited with salvaging the reputation of broadcast evangelism in the dark days of the late 1980s, after scandals befell TV preachers Jimmy Swaggart and Jim Bakker. Washington Post, "Rev. Billy Graham, known as ‘America’s Pastor,’ dies at 99," 7 Mar. 2018 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 So their curriculums expanded to include not just religious studies to prepare students for evangelism or missionary work but also majors in liberal-arts fields. Naomi Schaefer Riley, WSJ, "‘Fundamentalist U’ Review: Believers in Higher Ed," 6 May 2018 Now, these same people seek out Oaxacan mole and fresh masa tortillas because of the evangelism and dedication of Bayless. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Want to be a Chicago dining expert? You must visit these 12 restaurants," 1 Mar. 2018 Every member at Catch of the Day goes through Dunmore’s evangelism course. Julie Zauzmer, Washington Post, "Fishing for another ‘like’: At Easter, many Christians return to door-to-door methods.," 30 Mar. 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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