Definition of evangelical adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌiːvænˈdʒelɪkl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌiːvænˈdʒelɪkl//
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  1. 1of or belonging to a Christian group that emphasizes the authority of the Bible and the importance of people being saved through faith They're evangelical Christians. Culture There are many different evangelical Churches in the US, where they greatly increased in the 1970s.
  2. 2wanting very much to persuade people to accept your views and opinions He delivered his speech with evangelical fervour.
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent.: via ecclesiastical Latin from ecclesiastical Greek euangelikos, from euangelos ‘bringing good news’, from eu- ‘well’ + angelein ‘announce’.
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