tel·​evan·​ge·​list | \ ˌte-li-ˈvan-jə-list How to pronounce televangelist (audio) \

Definition of televangelist

: an evangelist who conducts regularly televised religious programs

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televangelism \ ˌte-​li-​ˈvan-​jə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce televangelism (audio) \ noun

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Texas televangelist Kenneth Copeland came under fire this weekend for viral statements defending his lifestyle, including his ownership of three private jets. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "'None of your business': A televangelist defending his private jets goes viral," 16 May 2019 But Texas televangelist Gloria Copeland thinks there’s nothing to worry about. Marwa Eltagouri, Washington Post, "A televangelist’s flu-season advice: ‘Inoculate yourself with the word of God’," 6 Feb. 2018 The televangelist had raised eyebrows for refusing to turn over financial records to Federal Communications Commission investigators — and telethon organizers had to defend Scott’s role. Shelby Grad,, "L.A. at its bizarre best: Strange talent show for fire-ravaged library brought the city together," 24 June 2019 Moore passed the incident on to his local pastor — Falwell, a famous televangelist and conservative activist at the time. Michelle Boorstein And Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington Post, "With Pence’s Jerusalem embassy news, Trump’s evangelical advisers tick an item off the list," 7 Mar. 2018 The biopic, based on the 2000 documentary of the same title, focuses on the bizarre and scandalous rise and fall of Messner and her husband, fellow televangelist Jim Bakker, who will be played by Andrew Garfield. Marci Robin, Allure, "Jessica Chastain Will Play Tammy Faye Bakker in Upcoming Film, Eyelashes and All," 12 May 2019 In an interview with the Christian Broadcast Network, Paula White, an author, televangelist and pastor, defended the detention centers where thousands of minors attempting to immigrate to the United States have been housed. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Trump allies keep using the Bible in the immigration debate," 12 July 2018 The lawsuit alleges Angley made Miller lie on a bed while the televangelist massaged him. Fox News, "Former pastor claims sex abuse against televangelist," 25 Aug. 2018 In recent years, Sabry has lodged complaints against actors, televangelists, puppeteers, and pop stars alike. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Rania Youssef Is the Egyptian Actress Who Faced Obscenity Charges Over a Dress," 4 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of televangelist

1973, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of televangelist was in 1973

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English Language Learners Definition of televangelist

: a person and especially a preacher who appears on television in order to teach about Christianity and try to persuade people to become Christians

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