evan·​ge·​list | \ i-ˈvan-jə-list How to pronounce evangelist (audio) \

Definition of evangelist

1 often capitalized : a writer of any of the four Gospels
2 : a person who evangelizes specifically : a Protestant minister or layman who preaches at special services
3 : an enthusiastic advocate an evangelist for physical fitness

Examples of evangelist in a Sentence

an evangelist of space exploration
Recent Examples on the Web An independent evangelist in Texas is offering letters online in exchange for a donation. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Sep. 2021 Vice President of User Experience at Netwrix, visionary and technology evangelist in cyber security space. Ilia Sotnikov, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile, John's evangelist son-in-law and his son, Shannon O'Dell, the pastor at Brand New Church, both walked into John's room, where hopes had been dampened by the negative prognosis. Mike Masterson, Arkansas Online, 16 May 2021 Bizarre as this place appears, Tomi is a passionate evangelist for the Commonwealth, noting that anything is possible as long as the rules are followed. Richard Rys, Vulture, 19 Sep. 2021 However, the second half of the message was added by someone who used quotes from Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of the late evangelist Billy Graham, during an interview on CBS News after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2015 The firm oversaw the promotion of John Paton, a charismatic digital-media evangelist, who improved the papers’ web and mobile offerings and increased online ad revenue. Mckay Coppins, The Atlantic, 14 Oct. 2021 Chang, the vaccine evangelist, is blunt about the religious exemption efforts. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Sep. 2021 Johanna Pugh, Managing Director, North America at Mambu, has more than 20 years of experience and is considered to be a fintech evangelist. Johanna Pugh, Forbes, 25 May 2021

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First Known Use of evangelist

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Evangelist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evangelist. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of evangelist

: a person and especially a preacher who tries to convince people to become Christian
: someone who talks about something with great enthusiasm
: a writer of any of the Gospels in the Bible


evan·​ge·​list | \ i-ˈvan-jə-ləst How to pronounce evangelist (audio) \

Kids Definition of evangelist

: a Christian preacher who tries to change or increase religious feelings


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