Pentecostal

[pen-ti-kaw-stuh l, -stl, -kos-tuh l, -tl-]
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adjective

of or relating to Pentecost, a Christian festival commemorating the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the apostles.
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.

noun

Also called Pen·te·cos·tal·ist. a member of any Pentecostal denomination.

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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Contemporary Examples of pentecostal

Historical Examples of pentecostal

  • So we pray that our life may prove responsive to these influences of the Pentecostal season.

    Sermons at Rugby

    John Percival

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

  • To appreciate the pentecostal season and to care for spiritual inspiration appeals to the few, and to those few on a higher plane.

    A Backward Glance at Eighty

    Charles A. Murdock

  • We have read the Pentecostal narrative, and others that illustrate it.

    Sermons at Rugby

    John Percival

  • Did not the pentecostal converts 'eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God?'



British Dictionary definitions for pentecostal

Pentecostal

adjective

(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
of or relating to Pentecost or the influence of the Holy Ghost

noun

a member of a Pentecostal Church
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper