evan·ge·list | \ i-ˈvan-jə-list \

Definition of evangelist 

1 often capitalized : a writer of any of the four Gospels

2 : a person who evangelizes specifically : a Protestant minister or layman who preaches at special services

3 : an enthusiastic advocate an evangelist for physical fitness

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an evangelist of space exploration

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By Denis MacShane For the evangelists of globalization, Switzerland has long been the model country. Newsweek, "Amazing Photos of Bioluminescent Phytoplankton," 14 Mar. 2018 The world-renowned evangelist will lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda Wednesday and Thursday. USA TODAY, "Live stream: Former President Bill Clinton pays his respects to Billy Graham," 27 Feb. 2018 While most of his sermon in Cincinnati in 2002 centered on salvation through Jesus Christ, his appeal for racial unity drew loud applause from the nearly 35,000 people who gathered to hear the then-83-year-old evangelist speak at Paul Brown Stadium. The Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Billy Graham in Cincinnati: 'Be a neighbor to the person next to you'," 21 Feb. 2018 Instead of listening to Main Street, however, Clinton ended up embracing the corporatist ideology of Wall Street, whose evangelists arrived overflowing with both confidence and campaign cash. Neil Swidey, BostonGlobe.com, "How Democrats would be better off if Bill Clinton had never been president," 10 July 2018 Mary Dixon-Woods of Cambridge University notes that evangelists for the use of manufacturing methods can be loth to submit to rigorous, randomised studies. The Economist, "Hospitals are learning from industry how to cut medical errors," 28 June 2018 The idea of using a blockchain to track copyright royalties is not new: Blockchain evangelists have long touted it as an example of the myriad ways the technology can be used to make society more efficient. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Microsoft and EY Launch Blockchain Tool for Copyright," 20 June 2018 So The Rational Bible--Exodus offers a challenge to all—to experts and novices, to evangelists and atheists. Steve Kurtz, Fox News, "Dennis Prager and the wisdom and challenges of The Rational Bible," 23 Apr. 2018 Recently, Billy Graham, one of the greatest evangelists of history, passed away. Loren A. Yadon, idahostatesman, "In these trying times, return to Jesus and the simplicity of faith for renewal," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of evangelist

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of evangelist

: a person and especially a preacher who tries to convince people to become Christian

: someone who talks about something with great enthusiasm

: a writer of any of the Gospels in the Bible


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Kids Definition of evangelist

: a Christian preacher who tries to change or increase religious feelings

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