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[ih-van-juh l] /ɪˈvæn dʒəl/
the good tidings of the redemption of the world through Jesus Christ; the gospel.
(usually initial capital letter) any of the four Gospels.
doctrine taken as a guide or regarded as of prime importance.
good news or tidings.
Origin of evangel1
1300-50; Middle English < Late Latin evangelium < Greek euangélion good news (see eu-, angel); replacing Middle English evangile < Middle French


[ih-van-juh l] /ɪˈvæn dʒəl/
1585-95; < Late Latin evangelus < Greek euángelos (adj.) bringing good news. See evangel1 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for evangel
Historical Examples
  • It would be an evangel to every young person in whose hands it might be placed.

    Almost A Man Mary Wood-Allen
  • Its spirit is the spirit of our law, and its religion is the evangel of our political faith.

  • He was the prophet of a new order, the evangel of a new faith.

  • Paris took the lead in opposition to the new evangel by its Academic decrees of 1521.

    John Knox

    A. Taylor Innes
  • Shall not His evangel be accused as the cause of all calamity which is like to follow?

    John Knox

    A. Taylor Innes
  • It never occurred to her that she herself might even now be that "evangel."

    Susan B. Anthony Alma Lutz
  • From early youth to latest age she is an evangel of peace and love.

  • From our side there is no greater glory than to be an evangel of the New Faith.

    The Tyranny of the Dark Hamlin Garland
  • Also the good news of the evangel was proclaimed in the house.

  • Allee, won't you bring me 'Hill's evangel' from the Library?

    Heart of Gold

    Ruth Alberta Brown
British Dictionary definitions for evangel


(archaic) the gospel of Christianity
(often capital) any of the four Gospels of the New Testament
any body of teachings regarded as central or basic
(US) an evangelist
Word Origin
C14: from Church Latin ēvangelium, from Greek evangelion good news, from eu- + angelos messenger; see angel
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Word Origin and History for evangel

mid-14c., "gospel," from Old French evangile, from Church Latin evangelium, from Greek evangelion (see evangelism).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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