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From Middle English evaungel, evangile, from Old French evangile, from Late Latin evangelium, from Ancient Greek εὐαγγέλιον (euangélion, “good news”), from εὐάγγελος (euángelos, “bringing good news”), from εὖ (eû, “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.
evangel (plural evangels)
- The Christian gospel.
- 1843 April, Thomas Carlyle, “ch. X, Plugson of Undershot”, in Past and Present, American edition, Boston, Mass.: Charles C[offin] Little and James Brown, published 1843, →OCLC, book III (The Modern Worker):
- 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 […]
- A salutary principle relating to morals, politics, etc.
- An evangelist.
- “evangel”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “evangel”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- evangel at OneLook Dictionary Search
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