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

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an evangelist of space exploration

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One place where the two have disagreed is tariffs: Mr. Trump sees them as a way to correct trade imbalances while Mr. Kudlow is more of a free-market evangelist. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Lawrence Kudlow’s Uneasy Transition From TV to White House Reality," 20 Apr. 2018 Mendelsohn retired from MD Anderson in 2011 but remained an evangelist for the discoveries that are making many types of cancer a manageable chronic disease. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "John Mendelsohn," 24 Jan. 2019 There are celebrity evangelists, like Emma Roberts, Melissa McCarthy, who rubbed CBD oil on her feet before the Oscars, and Kim Kardashian, who considered throwing a CBD-themed baby shower. Meirav Devash, Allure, "Everything You Need to Know About CBD Oil in Beauty Products," 20 Apr. 2019 Sixteen statues—of twelve apostles and four evangelists—were taken down from the cathedral's roof near the spire on April 11. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Notre-Dame Cathedral Was Reportedly Saved from "Total Destruction"," 15 Apr. 2019 The Crystal Cathedral is the studio of TV evangelist Robert Schuller located in Garden Grove, California. Alex Beam, WSJ, "‘The Man in the Glass House’ Review: Throwing Stones at Philip Johnson," 2 Nov. 2018 Roper once announced a campaign to investigate TV evangelists. Charles E. Shepard, charlotteobserver, "1987: Jim Bakker resigns from PTL; Jerry Falwell assumes leadership," 15 Feb. 2018 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

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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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