gospel

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See also: Gospel and góspel

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 good +‎ 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 (euangélion, evangel, literally good news) (English: evangel). Compare Old Saxon godspel, godspell (gospel), Old High German gotspel (gospel), Icelandic guðspjall (gospel).

Noun[edit]

gospel (countable and uncountable, 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, crucifixion, death, resurrection, and teachings of Jesus.
  2. An account of the life, crucifixion, death, resurrection, and teachings of Jesus, generally written during the first several centuries of the Common Era.
  3. (Protestantism) The teaching of Divine grace as distinguished from the Law or Divine commandments.
  4. A message expected to have positive reception or effect, one promoted as offering important (or even infalliable) guiding principles.
    • 1917, Oral Hygiene, volume 7, section title:
      Spreading the gospel of dental hygiene in Vermont
  5. (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.
  6. (uncountable) Gospel music.

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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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Finnish[edit]

Noun[edit]

gospel

  1. (music) gospel

Declension[edit]

Inflection of gospel (Kotus type 6/paperi, no gradation)
nominative gospel gospelit
genitive gospelin gospelien
gospeleiden
gospeleitten
partitive gospelia gospeleita
gospeleja
illative gospeliin gospeleihin
singular plural
nominative gospel gospelit
accusative nom. gospel gospelit
gen. gospelin
genitive gospelin gospelien
gospeleiden
gospeleitten
partitive gospelia gospeleita
gospeleja
inessive gospelissa gospeleissa
elative gospelista gospeleista
illative gospeliin gospeleihin
adessive gospelilla gospeleilla
ablative gospelilta gospeleilta
allative gospelille gospeleille
essive gospelina gospeleina
translative gospeliksi gospeleiksi
instructive gospelein
abessive gospelitta gospeleitta
comitative gospeleineen

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gospel m (plural gospels)

  1. (music) gospel (style of music)

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English gospel

Noun[edit]

gospel m (invariable)

  1. (music) gospel (style of music)

Portuguese[edit]

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gospel m (uncountable)

  1. gospel music; gospel (a genre of African American religious music)

Spanish[edit]

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gospel m (uncountable)

  1. gospel music