evangelism

noun
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

Other Words from evangelism

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

Examples of evangelism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Tide is an international Christian outreach organization committed to worldwide evangelism and discipleship. Maureen Mackey, Fox News, 26 Feb. 2022 Tribalism, nationalism, fundamentalism, evangelism. WSJ, 8 Mar. 2022 Tribalism, nationalism, fundamentalism, evangelism. John Anderson, WSJ, 24 Feb. 2022 Malave said the grouping team found one parish would be more cohesive for evangelism efforts in the area while also addressing the declining number of pastors available. Bill Jones, chicagotribune.com, 27 Jan. 2022 Temple stands as testimony to evangelism’s meteoric rise. Samantha Pearson, WSJ, 11 Jan. 2022 For churches like Hillsong Atlanta, the ultimate goal is evangelism. BostonGlobe.com, 26 July 2021 Barker served as chancellor and chairman of the seminary, teaching classes in Old Testament and personal evangelism. al, 27 Dec. 2021 Supporters describe it as evangelism—a method to get the word out faster and farther. Brice Particelli, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of evangelism

circa 1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 May 2022

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

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