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[ee-van-jel-i-kuh l, ev-uh n-] /ˌi vænˈdʒɛl ɪ kəl, ˌɛv ən-/
Also, evangelic. pertaining to or in keeping with the gospel and its teachings.
belonging to or designating the Christian churches that emphasize the teachings and authority of the Scriptures, especially of the New Testament, in opposition to the institutional authority of the church itself, and that stress as paramount the tenet that salvation is achieved by personal conversion to faith in the atonement of Christ.
designating Christians, especially of the late 1970s, eschewing the designation of fundamentalist but holding to a conservative interpretation of the Bible.
pertaining to certain movements in the Protestant churches in the 18th and 19th centuries that stressed the importance of personal experience of guilt for sin, and of reconciliation to God through Christ.
marked by ardent or zealous enthusiasm for a cause.
an adherent of evangelical doctrines or a person who belongs to an evangelical church or party.
Origin of evangelical
1525-35; < Late Latin evangelicus (< Late Greek euangelikós; see evangel1, -ic) + -al1
Related forms
evangelically, adverb
evangelicalness, evangelicality, noun
nonevangelic, adjective
nonevangelical, adjective
nonevangelically, adverb
pseudoevangelic, adjective
pseudoevangelical, adjective
pseudoevangelically, adverb
superevangelical, adjective
superevangelically, adverb
unevangelic, adjective
unevangelical, adjective
unevangelically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for evangelic
Historical Examples
  • Indeed, it is so full of evangelic sweetness, that we must quote it.

  • Yet that exorable Russian is less an elevated realist than an evangelic socialist.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
  • His choice wavered between the evangelic wistfulness of "Are you saved?"

    Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm
  • Verily he opened his mouth to the evangelic lore, who in the old law was wont to open the mouths of the prophets.

  • The quarrel that the world has with evangelic men and doctrines, they would have with a host of angels in the human form.

  • Such little patches of evangelic life are happily common in Methodism.

    Nestleton Magna J. Jackson Wray
  • I shall be mistaken, if the evangelic virtues are not increased and fortified in your soul by patience.

    The Miraculous Medal Jean Marie Aladel
  • The heads of the evangelic Union had been silent but not inactive spectators of the movements in Bohemia.

    The Thirty Years War, Complete Friedrich Schiller
  • Mr. Row rejects the first alternative, and accepts the accuracy of the evangelic records.

  • I have strong feelings on one point—viz.: the necessity of giving to all our movements an evangelic and aggressive character.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
British Dictionary definitions for evangelic


of, based upon, or following from the Gospels
denoting or relating to any of certain Protestant sects or parties, which emphasize the importance of personal conversion and faith in atonement through the death of Christ as a means of salvation
another word for evangelistic
an upholder of evangelical doctrines or a member of an evangelical sect or party, esp the Low-Church party of the Church of England
Derived Forms
evangelicalism, noun
evangelically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for evangelic


1530s (adj. and noun), from evangelic (early 15c., from Old French evangelique, from Late Latin evangelicus; see evangelist) + -al (1). In reference to a tendency or school in Protestantism, from mid-18c. Related: Evangelicalism (1831).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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evangelic in Culture

evangelical definition

A member of any of various Christian churches that believes in the sole authority of the literal Bible, a salvation only through regeneration, or rebirth, and a spiritually transformed personal life.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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