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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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  • A gospel it is, in all literalness; an evangel; a message of glad tidings.

    God and Mr. Wells William Archer
  • He was the prophet of a new order, the evangel of a new faith.

  • The untroubled peace of the divine eyes, the comfort of sorrowing souls, seemed an interpretation of the evangel.

    The Magic Skin Honore de Balzac
  • From our side there is no greater glory than to be an evangel of the New Faith.

    The Tyranny of the Dark Hamlin Garland
  • Such was the great reform by which the Post-Office became an evangel of civilization; but all this may be ours.

  • But, also, Huneker was an evangel who belongs to the Seven Arts.

    Turns about Town Robert Cortes Holliday
  • Paris took the lead in opposition to the new evangel by its Academic decrees of 1521.

    John Knox A. Taylor Innes
  • It was presumably in these circumstances that the evangel of Mary was advanced.

  • For if we interpret these Greek words, evangel is "good news," and angel is "messenger."

    The City of God, Volume II Aurelius Augustine
  • The minister uttered his evangel of mercy in those two eternal words.

    The Other Girls Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
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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