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[ih-van-juh l]
  1. the good tidings of the redemption of the world through Jesus Christ; the gospel.
  2. (usually initial capital letter) any of the four Gospels.
  3. doctrine taken as a guide or regarded as of prime importance.
  4. good news or tidings.
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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]
  1. an evangelist.
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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

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

British Dictionary definitions for evangel


  1. archaic the gospel of Christianity
  2. (often capital) any of the four Gospels of the New Testament
  3. any body of teachings regarded as central or basic
  4. US an evangelist
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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).

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