evangel

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin evangelium, from Ancient Greek εὐαγγέλιον ‎(euangélion, good news), from εὐάγγελος ‎(euángelos, bringing good news), from εὖ ‎(, well) + ἀγγέλλειν ‎(angéllein, to announce) (English angel). The word gospel is from the same Ancient Greek origin, also meaning “good news”, but translated into Latin, then Old English.

Noun[edit]

evangel ‎(plural evangels)

  1. The Christian gospel
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 3, ch. X, Plugson of Undershot
      If, at any time, a philosophy of Laissez-faire, Competition and Supply-and-demand, start up as the exponent of human relations, expect that it will soon end. […] Such philosophies will arise; be preached as Mammon-Gospels, the ultimate Evangel of the World […]
  2. An evangelist

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