- 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
- an evangelist.
Origin of evangel2
1585–95; < Late Latin evangelus < Greek euángelos (adj.) bringing good news. See evangel1
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Examples from the Web for evangel
It would be an evangel to every young person in whose hands it might be placed.Almost A Man
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.A Daughter of the Middle Border
Paris took the lead in opposition to the new Evangel by its Academic decrees of 1521.
Shall not His Evangel be accused as the cause of all calamity which is like to follow?
- 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
C14: from Church Latin ēvangelium, from Greek evangelion good news, from eu- + angelos messenger; see angel
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