gospel

noun
gos·​pel | \ ˈgä-spəl How to pronounce gospel (audio) \

Definition of gospel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a 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 conservation— R. M. Hodesh
5 : gospel music

gospel

adjective

Definition of gospel (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : 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

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Other Words from gospel

Noun

gospelly \ ˈgä-​spə-​lē How to pronounce gospelly (audio) \ adjective

Examples of gospel in a Sentence

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

Also in the mix: a fashion show and performances by gospel favorites the Clark Sisters and Afrobeat ensemble Kalakuta Republik. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "The weekend: Dream Cruise, Renaissance fest in Holly, Michigan Comic Convention at Cobo," 14 Aug. 2019 But, even beyond Simone’s lyrics, her integrative technique itself—her use of gospel piano, blues melisma, classical riffs—refutes myths of black deprivation. Emily Lordi, The New Yorker, "Toni Morrison and Nina Simone, United in Soul," 12 Aug. 2019 George Kamper For more than five decades, George H. Morris was the king of equestrian sport, a former Olympic coach whose words — from how to ride to what breeches to wear — were gospel for riders at every level. New York Times, "Whispers of Sexual Abuse Tailed an Equestrian Legend for Decades. At 81, He Was Barred for Life.," 8 Aug. 2019 The rapper, who was released Friday after spending weeks in Swedish custody, was spotted at West's weekly gospel gathering in California on Sunday. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "A$AP Rocky attends Kanye West's Sunday Service after release from Swedish jail," 5 Aug. 2019 What is the vision of changing 10,000 homes through the gospel through 2025? Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Katy pastor devoted to serving families," 4 Aug. 2019 Church scholars maintain that the sacrament of penance was established by Jesus, citing the 18th chapter of Matthew’s gospel. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘I confess': should the ‘seal of the confessional’ protect pedophiles?," 4 Aug. 2019 Floorplan, which leans toward the disco and gospel house side of things, got its start in the ‘90s, before Lyric was born. Lily Moayeri, Billboard, "Family Business: Five Famous DJs Whose Children Followed In Their Footsteps," 2 Aug. 2019 In point of fact, the gospel message rests first on bad news, then on indescribably good news. David French, National Review, "Whither Evangelical Purity Culture? Thoughts on the Legacy of a Lost Pastor," 29 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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, "“The Great Hack” is a misinformed documentary about misinformation," 24 July 2019 Market prices, of course, are no more gospel truth than are the extrapolations of economists. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Pick Your Portfolio’s Story: Late-Cycle Sugar Rush or New Boom?," 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, "Things to do this week: July 5-9," 5 July 2017 Gospel singer Bebe Winans sings beautiful hymns; New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker joins her on stage. Capricia Marshall, Harper's BAZAAR, "Behind the Scenes of Hillary's Last Days on the Campaign Trail," 15 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of gospel

Noun

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

Adjective

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

History and Etymology for gospel

Noun and Adjective

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

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gospel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gospel

: the teachings of the Christian religion
: 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

noun
gos·​pel | \ ˈgä-spəl How to pronounce gospel (audio) \

Kids Definition of gospel

1 often capitalized : the teachings of Jesus Christ and the apostles
2 : something told or accepted as being absolutely true

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