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1 a preacher of the Christian gospel [syn: revivalist, gospeler, gospeller]
2 (when capitalized) any of the spiritual leaders who are assumed to be authors of the Gospels in the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John

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From Old (and modern) French évangéliste, from ecclesiastical Latin evangelista, from ecclesiastical Greek εὐαγγελιστής (euangelistes) ‘bringer of good news’, from εὐαγγελίζεσθαι ‘evangelize’, from εὐάγγελος ‘bringing good news’, from ευ- (eu) ‘good’ + ἀγγέλειν ‘to announce’.




  1. a person marked by extreme enthusiasm for or support of any cause
  2. In the context of "pejorative": an unquestioning religious fanatic
    • 1992, J. D. Douglas, Who's Who in Christian History, ISBN 0842310142, p. 94
      Booth, William (1829-1912) English evangelist; founder and first general of the Salvation Army ... his subordinates being expected to give him unquestioning obedience.
    • 1994, Frank Lambert, "Pedlar in Divinity", ISBN 0691096163, p. 10
      Yet in the spreading consumer market of the mid-1700s, his renditions competed with others offering a far different account of the evangelist and his message. The famous artist William Hogarth mocked Whitefield in two engravings presenting the revivalist as a religious fanatic who held sway over the superstitious lower orders.
    • 1996, Peter J. Conn, Pearl S. Buck: A Cultural Biography, ISBN 0521639891, p. 149
      The film implies that the evangelist, as a type, is a fanatic, a sanctimonious prig, and ultimately a hypocrite.
  3. an itinerant or special preacher, especially of revivalists
  4. a preacher of the gospel
  5. a writer of a gospel, especially the four New Testament Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), usually Evangelist
  6. (in primitive Church) a person who first brought the gospel to a city or region
  7. (Mormon Church) a patriarch


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Extensive Definition

Evangelist can refer to:
  • one of the Four Evangelists, the authors of the canonical Christian Gospels in the New Testament;
  • a Christian who explains his or her beliefs to a non-Christian and thereby participates in Evangelism;
  • Evangelist (Latter Day Saints), an office in the ministry of certain denominations in the Latter Day Saint movement;
  • a person who enthusiastically promotes or supports something (e.g.: technology evangelist)
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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Ambrose of Milan, Athanasius, Barnabas, Basil, Clement of Alexandria, Clement of Rome, Cyprian of Carthage, Cyril of Jerusalem, Gabriel, Gregory of Nyssa, Hermas, Ignatius, Irenaeus, Jerome, John, John Chrysostom, Justin Martyr, Lactantius Firmianus, Luke, Mark, Origen, Papias, Paul, Peter, Polycarp, Tertullian, adorer, ante-Nicene Fathers, apostle, beadsman, celebrant, chapelgoer, churchgoer, colporteur, communicant, congregation, converter, daily communicant, disciple, evangel, forerunner, harbinger, herald, herald angel, idolater, missionary, missionary apostolic, missionary rector, missioner, petitioner, prayer, propagandist, proselyter, proselytizer, revivalist, saint, suppliant, supplicant, supplicator, venerator, votary, worshiper
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