evan·​ge·​list | \ i-ˈvan-jə-list How to pronounce evangelist (audio) \

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

Examples of evangelist in a Sentence

an evangelist of space exploration

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In addition to her environmental activism, Carr is an evangelist for paddleboarding as a pastime. Steve Friess, SELF, "Why Environmentalist Lizzie Carr Is Paddleboarding 170 Miles Down the Hudson River," 7 Sep. 2018 For Lyft, the more diverse and varied its products, the more encouraged people will feel to abandon their personal vehicles for good and become evangelists for ride-sharing. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Lyft’s monthly subscription plan is now available nationwide," 16 Oct. 2018 Those competitive runners are often loyal evangelists for their brands, Reed said, while recreational runners tend to be less loyal and to stay with the sport for shorter times. Gina Kolata, New York Times, "When Running Is More Than a Sport," 21 Jan. 2018 Perhaps predictably, both were longtime electric vehicle fans from the Pacific Northwest who saw themselves as evangelists for both Arcimoto and alternative transportation. Edward Niedermeyer, Ars Technica, "Arcimoto raised $19 million to build “fun utility vehicles”—now what?," 11 July 2018 Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley may emerge as top evangelists for Trump’s post-presidency legacy. Washington Post, "Ted Cruz runs for re-election as though it’s still 2016," 15 Apr. 2018 Her fellow evangelists, internet broadcasters Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, known as the Minimalists, have since 2010 preached a shed-it-all message to millions through YouTube videos and podcasts. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "The Case for Buying Less Clothing," 4 Jan. 2019 Anne Graham Lotz, one of five children of the late evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham, announced this week that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Billy Graham's daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, reveals breast cancer diagnosis," 7 Sep. 2018 But a new study (PDF) from the United Nations' International Labor Organization (ILO) questions whether these platforms are as good for society as the Silicon Valley investors and digital evangelists claim. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Low pay, poor prospects, and psychological toll: The perils of microtask work," 23 Sep. 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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