evan·​ge·​lism i-ˈvan-jə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce evangelism (audio)
: the winning or revival of personal commitments to Christ
: militant or crusading zeal
evangelistic adjective
evangelistically adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Thanks in large part to bitcoin evangelism by top officials in Miami, the city has spent the past couple of years in full-blown cryptomania. Jake Cline, CNN, 15 Jan. 2023 Unfortunately, the biggest opposition to this disruption evangelism remains a culture of fealty to the status quo. Jens Martin Skibsted, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2022 Heaven’s Glorious Embassy’s evangelism team plans to give away meals to those in need of help. Dallas News, 23 Nov. 2022 What Bankman-Fried stumbled upon, perhaps unwittingly, was the secret to actual crypto evangelism that would convert everyone, from venture-capital firms to the media. Jay Caspian Kang, The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2022 The boy’s name was Abdullah Kenan Karaca, and after Stückl promised his parents there would be no efforts at evangelism, the 11-year-old joined the town’s other children in one of the play’s massive crowd scenes. Michael Paulson Roderick Aichinger, New York Times, 24 Aug. 2022 In recent years, Laurie has written a series of books that use cultural figures’ varying degrees of commitment to Jesus as a means of spreading his own evangelism. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, 1 Dec. 2022 Colorado Springs has long been considered a stronghold of evangelism, an identity of Christianity that has a history of opposing LGBTQ equality. Matt Lavietes, NBC News, 22 Nov. 2022 Meat evangelism was also becoming culturally taboo, juxtaposed with increasingly urgent climate change. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 17 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of evangelism was circa 1626

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“Evangelism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evangelism. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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evan·​ge·​lism i-ˈvan-jə-ˌliz-əm How to pronounce evangelism (audio)
: the winning or reawakening of personal commitments to Jesus
evangelistic adjective

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