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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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 Earlier in the day, Paula White, a televangelist from Orlando who has been a pastor to Mr. Trump for more than 16 years, tweeted a photo of herself in front of the ceremony stage. Elizabeth Dias, New York Times, "Amid Debate and Violence, Trump Delivers Embassy Victory to Christian Base," 15 May 2018 As a defense attorney, Dershowitz has represented many controversial characters, people like televangelist Jim Bakker, socialite Claus von Bulow, and, of course, O.J. Simpson. Mark Shanahan,, "The Martha’s Vineyard crowd strikes back at Alan Dershowitz," 4 July 2018 John Goodman to juggle 'The Conners' and a new HBO show about televangelists. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Authorities probe suspect's past encounters with paper in newsroom shooting; Possible new White House shakeup," 29 June 2018 The airwaves back then were filled with televangelists – Oral Roberts, Jimmy Swaggart, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson. Tim Funk, charlotteobserver, "Fallen PTL preacher Jim Bakker is back with a new message about the Apocalypse," 15 Feb. 2018 Get a look at Lakewood's budget Other televangelists have gotten ensnared in financial scandals. Katherine Blunt, Houston Chronicle, "Lakewood Church's big budget, big brand are keys to Joel Osteen's success," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of televangelist

1973, in the meaning defined above

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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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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