gospel

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English gospel, gospell, godspel, godspell, goddspell, from Old English godspel (gospel, glad tidings; one of the four gospels), corresponding to god +‎ spell (talk, tale, story), believed to be an alteration of earlier *gōdspell (literally good news), used to translate ecclesiastical Latin bona annuntiatio, itself a translation of Ecclesiastical Latin evangelium / Ancient Greek εὐαγγέλιον (euangelion, evangel, literally good news). Compare Old Saxon godspel, godspell (gospel), Old High German gotspel (gospel), Icelandic guðspjall (gospel).

Noun[edit]

gospel (plural gospels)

  1. The first section of the Christian New Testament scripture, comprising the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, concerned with the life, death, resurrection, and teachings of Jesus.
  2. An account of the life, death, resurrection, and teachings of Jesus, generally written during the first several centuries of the Common Era.
  3. A message expected to have positive reception or effect.
  4. (Protestantism) the teaching of Divine grace as distinguished from the Law or Divine commandments
  5. (uncountable) gospel music
  6. (uncountable) That which is absolutely authoritative (definitive).
    • Saintsbury
      If any one thinks this expression hyperbolical, I shall only ask him to read Oedipus, instead of taking the traditional witticisms about Lee for gospel.

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Verb[edit]

gospel (third-person singular simple present gospels, present participle gospelling, simple past and past participle gospelled)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To instruct in the gospel.
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gospel

  1. (music) gospel

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Noun[edit]

gospel m (invariable)

  1. (music) gospel (style of music)