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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Others are evangelists, or are ordained as deacons. Corey Williams, Fox News, "For black women at church, it's more than the Aretha eulogy," 9 Sep. 2018 For a charismatic evangelist like Sister [Aimee] McPherson, Los Angeles in the late 1910s offered particularly fertile ground. Gary Krist, Los Angeles Magazine, "Why a Legendary East Coast Evangelist Chose Los Angeles for Her Pentecostal Empire," 7 May 2018 World-renowned evangelist Billy Graham, who died last week at age 99, will lie in honor at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and Thursday. USA TODAY, "Live stream: Billy Graham lies in honor at U.S. Capitol," 28 Feb. 2018 Notable Republican allies, such as evangelist Franklin Graham, who has defended Trump at every turn of his presidency, have broken with the administration in recent days. Shane Harris, Anchorage Daily News, "Fight over detained children intensifies," 18 June 2018 Ivey faces Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, evangelist Scott Dawson and state Sen. Bill Hightower in the Republican primary. Kim Chandler, The Seattle Times, "Ivey seeks to win primary without runoff, takes few chances," 3 June 2018 The evangelist was buried next to his late wife, Ruth, last Friday, after a funeral service under a massive tent on the library grounds that drew more than 2,000 mourners, including President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Tim Funk, charlotteobserver, "Here’s what visitors will see when the Billy Graham Library reopens | Charlotte Observer," 4 Mar. 2018 He is described as an evangelist in a biography published on the sermonaudio.com website. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Candidates for Milwaukee County sheriff promise changes after David Clarke," 12 July 2018 The administration's unified front came as some Republicans and their supporters, from former first lady Laura Bush to evangelist Franklin Graham, have spoken out against the policy. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Detention crisis: What we know now," 18 June 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


evan·​ge·​list | \i-ˈvan-jə-ləst \

Kids Definition of evangelist

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

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