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 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 At Hillsong, living well and looking good are sometimes framed as forms of evangelism. New York Times, "The Rise and Fall of Carl Lentz, the Celebrity Pastor of Hillsong Church," 5 Dec. 2020 Cawthorn's personal style of evangelism — which appears to be a talking-to-strangers model many Christians, like me, literally never contemplate — doesn't seem terribly winsome. Bonnie Kristian, TheWeek, "American politics is fundamentally unserious about Christianity," 19 Nov. 2020 His QAnon evangelism wasn’t met with any skepticism. AZCentral.com, "QAnon, false flags and baby eating liberals: How Arizona Patriots build community around conspiracy theories," 1 Oct. 2020 Does the school double down on the brand of political evangelism that brought scrutiny on the school’s diversity and allegations of censorship at the student newspaper? Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "With Jerry Falwell Jr. out at Liberty, what now for the school's grand athletics plans?," 26 Aug. 2020 QAnon has its own merch, its own microcelebrities, and a spirit of digital evangelism that requires constant posting. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "The Women Making Conspiracy Theories Beautiful," 18 Aug. 2020 His style of megaphone evangelism has gone out of fashion – last summer’s protests consciously denied any individual a pulpit. The Economist, "Gaming with Joshua Wong," 22 May 2020 The mask of 20th century-style tele-evangelism has slipped all the way off, revealing the dark egos of its preacher-leaders. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Two Lives of Norma McCorvey," 22 May 2020 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

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First Known Use of evangelism

circa 1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Evangelism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evangelism. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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