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  1. an evangelist who regularly conducts religious services on television.
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Origin of televangelist

1980–85; blend of television and evangelist
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British Dictionary definitions for televangelist


  1. US an evangelical preacher who appears regularly on television, preaching the gospel and appealing for donations from viewers
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Word Origin

C20: from tele (vision) + (e) vangelist
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Word Origin and History for televangelist


1973, from tele(vision) + evangelist. The earliest record of the word in OED is a reference to Rex Humbard in a "New York Times" article of July 26, 1973 (television evangelist is from 1958).

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