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Pentecostal

[pen-ti-kaw-stuh l, -stl, -kos-tuh l, -tl-]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to Pentecost, a Christian festival commemorating the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the apostles.
  2. noting or relating to any of various Christian groups, usually fundamentalist, that emphasize the activity of the Holy Spirit, stress holiness of living, and express their religious feelings uninhibitedly, as by speaking in tongues.
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noun
  1. Also called Pen·te·cos·tal·ist. a member of any Pentecostal denomination.
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Origin of Pentecostal

From the Late Latin word pentēcostālis, dating back to 1540–50. See Pentecost, -al1
Related formspost-Pen·te·cos·tal, adjective
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  • The Pentecostal Church believed in prayer, and practised it.

  • This latter is the sanctification and Pentecostal experience.

    Sanctification

    J. W. Byers

  • In the dedication of the temple we also have a type of this Pentecostal experience.

    Sanctification

    J. W. Byers

  • How easily this is understood by those who have truly received the Pentecostal experience.

    Sanctification

    J. W. Byers

  • I feel like we'd heard the big wind—an' I guess, mebbe, the Pentecostal tongues.'


British Dictionary definitions for pentecostal

Pentecostal

adjective
  1. (usually prenominal) of or relating to any of various Christian groups that emphasize the charismatic aspects of Christianity and adopt a fundamental attitude to the Bible
  2. of or relating to Pentecost or the influence of the Holy Ghost
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noun
  1. a member of a Pentecostal Church
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Derived FormsPentecostalism, nounPentecostalist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for pentecostal

1660s, "pertaining to the Pentecost," from Latin pentecostalis (Tertullian), from pentecoste (see pentecost). With a capital P- and meaning "Pentecostalist," in reference to "Christian sect emphasizing gifts of the Holy Spirit" (Acts ii), it is attested from 1904 (noun and adjective).

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