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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
Recent Examples on the Web Michael Bream is a leading evangelist for this type of conversion. Wired, "Electric Cars—and Irrationality—Just Might Save the Stick Shift," 9 Nov. 2019 While his father, evangelist Billy Graham, was warmly welcomed by Queen Elizabeth II in 1955, Franklin has earned a reputation in the U.S. and abroad for controversial remarks against gays and Muslims. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "Evangelist Franklin Graham scrambles to rebook tour after all U.K. venues cancel," 7 Feb. 2020 Such figures rankle the electric-car evangelists, who argue that clean-air vehicles are unfairly blamed for crowding the lanes. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Driving a Tesla in the carpool lane: No longer just a perk for the rich," 31 Dec. 2019 Trump’s evangelical supporters rushed to defend him, attempting to portray Christianity Today, which was founded by the late famed evangelist Billy Graham, as an outlier and not representative of the voters that comprise their movement. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump derided it as a ‘‘far-left magazine . . . which has been doing poorly’’ in a tweet Friday morning, although the magazine is considered far from liberal. He later took to Twitter to tout his record on issues important to the Christian right.," 21 Dec. 2019 And with all due respect to Jim Cantore and his fellow Weather Channel evangelists, faith in The Turn was not without just-in-case skepticism. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "A day of questioning Hurricane Dorian: It’s going to turn, right?," 2 Sep. 2019 Wheaton College student evangelist and a radio host testify in First Amendment case, saying city of Chicago keeps them from spreading their messages in Millennium Park: Click here to read Dan Hinkel’s story in the Tribune. chicagotribune.com, "The Spin: About Chicago’s interim top cop Charlie Beck | Mayor Lightfoot tweaks proposed ride-sharing tax | Rivers Casino heading to dry land," 8 Nov. 2019 Trump brought up the granddaughter of famed evangelist Billy Graham, Cissie Graham Lynch, on stage to speak in support of him. NBC News, "Trump looks to cement, expand evangelical support with launch of new 2020 coalition in Miami," 4 Jan. 2020 Trump's evangelical supporters rushed to defend him, attempting to portray Christianity Today, which was founded by the late famed evangelist Billy Graham, as an outlier and not representative of the voters that comprise their movement. Author: Josh Dawsey, Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump lashes out at evangelical magazine that supports his impeachment," 21 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of evangelist

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Evangelist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evangelist. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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

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