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evangelism

[ih-van-juh-liz-uh m]
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noun
  1. the preaching or promulgation of the gospel; the work of an evangelist.
  2. evangelicalism.
  3. missionary zeal, purpose, or activity.
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Origin of evangelism

First recorded in 1620–30; evangel2 + -ism
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evangelism

noun
  1. (in Protestant churches) the practice of spreading the Christian gospelRC Church term: evangelization, evangelisation
  2. ardent or missionary zeal for a cause
  3. the work, methods, or characteristic outlook of a revivalist or evangelist preacher
  4. a less common word for evangelicalismSee evangelicalism
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Word Origin and History for evangelism

n.

1620s, from evangel + -ism, or else from Medieval Latin evangelismus "a spreading of the Gospel," from Late Latin evangelium "good news, gospel," from Greek euangelion (see evangelist). In reference to evangelical Protestantism, from 1812.

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