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Origin of televangelist

1980–85; blend of television and evangelist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for televangelist

pastor, missionary, televangelist, minister, revivalist

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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

Word Origin for televangelist

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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