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evangelic +‎ -al, from Old French evangelique, from Latin evangelium, from Ancient Greek εὐαγγέλιον (euangélion, good news)


  • IPA(key): /iːvænˈd͡ʒɛlɪkəl/
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evangelical (comparative more evangelical, superlative most evangelical)

  1. Pertaining to the doctrines or teachings of the Christian gospel or Christianity in general.
  2. Pertaining to the gospel(s) of the Christian New Testament.
  3. Protestant; specifically Lutheran and Calvinist churches in continental Europe as well as their offshoots in North America.
  4. Pertaining to a movement in Protestant Christianity that stresses personal conversion and the authority of the Bible (evangelicalism).
  5. Pertaining to Islamic groups that are dedicated to dawah and preaching the Quran and sunnah.
    • 1987, Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad, Islamic Values in the United States: A Comparative Study, page 10:
      When the mosque came under the influence of an evangelical Muslim group (Jamaati Tableegh), the formerly congenial situation changed noticeably.
  6. Zealously enthusiastic.

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While evangelical may have all the above meanings, it is often used now for meaning 4.

Evangelic has only the meanings 1-3 and is now used often to differentiate these meanings from evangelicalism.



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evangelical (plural evangelicals)

  1. A member of an evangelical church
  2. An advocate of evangelicalism

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