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gospel

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noun gos·pel \ˈgä-spəl\

Definition of gospel

  1. 1a often capitalized :  the message concerning Christ, the kingdom of God, and salvationb capitalized :  one of the first four New Testament books telling of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; also :  a similar apocryphal (see apocrypha 2) bookc :  an interpretation of the Christian message the social gospel

  2. 2 capitalized :  a lection (see lection 1) from one of the New Testament Gospels

  3. 3 :  the message or teachings of a religious teacher

  4. 4 :  something accepted or promoted as infallible (see infallible 1) truth or as a guiding principle or doctrine took her words as gospel spreading the gospel of conservation — R. M. Hodesh

  5. 5 :  gospel music

gospelly

play \ˈgä-spə-lē\ adjective

Examples of gospel in a Sentence

  1. a reading from the Gospel of St. John

  2. her private gospel is to do good cheerfully and without any expectation of reward

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Origin and Etymology of gospel

Middle English, from Old English gōdspel (translation of Late Latin evangelium), from gōd good + spell tale — more at spell


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gospel

adjective gos·pel

Definition of gospel

  1. 1a :  having a basis in or being in accordance with the gospel (see 1gospel 1) :  evangelical ordained to the gospel ministry — Christian Centuryb :  marked by special or fervid emphasis on the gospel a gospel meeting

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or being religious songs of American origin associated with evangelism and popular devotion and marked by simple melody and harmony and elements of folk songs and blues

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Origin and Etymology of gospel

see 1gospel



GOSPEL Defined for English Language Learners

gospel

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noun

Definition of gospel for English Language Learners

  • : the teachings of the Christian religion

  • Gospel : any one of the first four books of the Christian Bible that tell of the life of Jesus Christ

  • : an idea or set of ideas that someone believes and often tries to make other people believe


GOSPEL Defined for Kids

gospel

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noun gos·pel \ˈgä-spəl\

Definition of gospel for Students

  1. 1 often cap :  the teachings of Jesus Christ and the apostles

  2. 2 :  something told or accepted as being absolutely true



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