gospel

1 of 2

noun

gos·​pel ˈgä-spəl How to pronounce gospel (audio)
1
a
often capitalized : the message concerning Christ, the kingdom of God, and salvation
b
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 sense 2) book
c
: an interpretation of the Christian message
the social gospel
2
capitalized : a lection (see lection sense 1) from one of the New Testament Gospels
3
: the message or teachings of a religious teacher
4
: something accepted or promoted as infallible (see infallible sense 1) truth or as a guiding principle or doctrine
took her words as gospel
spreading the gospel of conservationR. M. Hodesh
5
: gospel music
gospelly adjective

gospel

2 of 2

adjective

1
a
: having a basis in or being in accordance with the gospel (see gospel entry 1 sense 1) : evangelical
ordained to the gospel ministryChristian Century
b
: marked by special or fervid emphasis on the gospel
a gospel meeting
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

Example Sentences

Noun a reading from the Gospel of St. John her private gospel is to do good cheerfully and without any expectation of reward
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Over the decades, the party has doubled down on his gospel that government — especially its protections and programs for less powerful people — is the real problem, determined to get between true Americans and their way of life. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Jan. 2023 The series also features musical tributes by popular gospel artists. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 16 Jan. 2023 In the fall of 2014, Whitehead got approval to organize a gospel concert at the Barclays Center, the new arena in downtown Brooklyn. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 14 Jan. 2023 Organized by the Black Heritage Society, the concert lineup features Endurance, Pastor Robert Morris, Pentecostal of Katy, Marcus Jordan & Divine Favor, as well as gospel recording artist James Fortune and Christian R&B artist Zacardi Cortez. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 14 Jan. 2023 Where No One Stands Alone gospel compilation album. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 14 Jan. 2023 Featuring gospel musical concert with Grammy award nominee Jason Clayborn & the Atmosphere Changers. The Courier-Journal, 11 Jan. 2023 Instead of using gospel as a leading influence, this type of R&B pulled together elements of alternative, indie and rock. Taylor Crumpton, Essence, 11 Jan. 2023 It is left to individuals to ponder, interpret, discern gospel principles and how to apply them to their lives. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Jan. 2023
Adjective
Smyth had gradually come to accept their theories too as gospel truth, and had incorporated them into his thesis. Jimmy Maher, Ars Technica, 15 Mar. 2020 Meanwhile in South Carolina, Booker's campaign has launched a new radio advertisement on eight urban contemporary and gospel radio stations across the state. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, 6 Dec. 2019 Large chunks of the film are made up of Cambridge Analytica sales decks, which the directors appear to take as gospel truth about how sophisticated and successful the company was. L.m., The Economist, 24 July 2019 Market prices, of course, are no more gospel truth than are the extrapolations of economists. James Mackintosh, WSJ, 30 July 2018 Gospel stage production about family's struggle with alcoholism and their journey back to God through faith, hope and love. Rasputin Todd, Cincinnati.com, 5 July 2017 Gospel singer Bebe Winans sings beautiful hymns; New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker joins her on stage. Capricia Marshall, Harper's BAZAAR, 15 Dec. 2016 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Adjective

Middle English, from Old English gōdspel (translation of Late Latin evangelium), from gōd good + spell tale — more at spell entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of gospel was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Gospel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gospel. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

gospel

1 of 2 noun
gos·​pel ˈgäs-pəl How to pronounce gospel (audio)
1
a
often capitalized : the Christian message concerning Christ, the kingdom of God, and salvation
b
capitalized : one of the first four New Testament books telling of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ
2
: something accepted as the truth or as a guiding principle
3
: gospel music

gospel

2 of 2 adjective
1
: relating to or in accordance with the gospel : evangelical
2
: of or relating to religious songs associated with evangelism
a gospel singer

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