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

Examples of evangelist in a Sentence

an evangelist of space exploration

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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 Arbaugh worked as a missionary with a group called Walking Together for Christ Haiti and described himself on a personal blog as an evangelist and religious film producer. David Mcfadden, The Seattle Times, "Haiti missionary sentenced to 23 years for child sex abuse," 24 July 2018 The evangelist Franklin Graham’s California rally last week in Fresno also exposed the underlying racial tension in the evangelical community, the three pastors said. Elizabeth Dias, New York Times, "Is Trump Racist? Is There a Double Standard? California Pastors Debate.," 2 June 2018 Jason Levitt is a former InformationWeek technology editor, a former Yahoo technical evangelist, and a current technology consultant based in Austin, Texas. Jason Levitt, Ars Technica, "Start your (machine learning) engines: Amazon’s DeepRacer is almost here," 21 Dec. 2018 In addition, the board voted to add Billy Graham -- the famed evangelist who died earlier this year -- back into the curriculum. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Texas Board of Ed votes to pull Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller from social studies curriculum," 14 Sep. 2018 That research converted Crockett from Centering skeptic to full-blown evangelist. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Sit in a circle. Talk to other pregnant women. Save your baby’s life?," 2 Nov. 2018 Dawson, a youth pastor and evangelist in Birmingham, said his proposal would be financially backed by the private sector, and would be able to withstand potential legal challenges. John Sharp, AL.com, "Evangelist Scott Dawson, GOP candidate for governor, calls for drug testing in all Alabama schools," 11 Apr. 2018 Subsequent Observer revelations about financial abuses at PTL led to national scrutiny of television evangelists and a reduction in contributions to their ministries. Karen Garloch, charlotteobserver, "1988: Observer wins Pulitzer Prize for coverage of PTL, Bakkers | Charlotte Observer," 15 Feb. 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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