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evangelize

[ih-van-juh-lahyz]
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verb (used with object), e·van·ge·lized, e·van·ge·liz·ing.
  1. to preach the gospel to.
  2. to convert to Christianity.
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verb (used without object), e·van·ge·lized, e·van·ge·liz·ing.
  1. to preach the gospel; act as an evangelist.
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Also especially British, e·van·ge·lise.

Origin of evangelize

1350–1400; Middle English evangelisen < Late Latin evangelizāre < Late Greek euangelízein. See evangel1, -ize
Related formse·van·ge·li·za·tion, noune·van·ge·liz·er, nounun·e·van·ge·lized, adjective
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Related Words

clericevangelistmissionaryclergyparsondivineecclesiasticministerreverendrevivalistclericalevangelizer

Examples from the Web for evangelizer

Historical Examples

  • Was its vitality as an evangelizer exhausted in converting Lincoln?

    Abraham Lincoln: Was He A Christian?

    John B. Remsburg


British Dictionary definitions for evangelizer

evangelize

evangelise

verb
  1. to preach the Christian gospel or a particular interpretation of it (to)
  2. (intr) to advocate a cause with the object of making converts
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Derived Formsevangelization or evangelisation, nounevangelizer or evangeliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for evangelizer

evangelize

v.

late 14c., from Old French evangeliser "to spread or preach the Gospel," and directly from Medieval Latin or Late Latin evangelizare, from Greek euangelizesthai (see evangelist). Related: Evangelized; evangelizing; evangelization.

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