[ih-van-juh-liz-uh m]


the preaching or promulgation of the gospel; the work of an evangelist.
missionary zeal, purpose, or activity.


Nearby words

  1. evangel,
  2. evangeliary,
  3. evangelical,
  4. evangelicalism,
  5. evangeline,
  6. evangelist,
  7. evangelistary,
  8. evangelistic,
  9. evangelize,
  10. evanish

Origin of evangelism

First recorded in 1620–30; evangel2 + -ism

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British Dictionary definitions for evangelism



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



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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