Definition of evangelical in US English:



  • 1Of or according to the teaching of the gospel or the Christian religion.

    • ‘However, in Eastern Europe since the end of the communist regimes Catholic, Orthodox, and evangelical religion, as well as new religious sects, have witnessed a remarkable revival.’
    • ‘A number of attempts have been made to explain the hostility to religious and especially to evangelical Christian beliefs.’
    • ‘Other evangelical scholars are also teaching and writing on this subject.’
    • ‘Religion Watch is a useful newsletter that patrols the latest things in American, mainly evangelical, religion.’
    • ‘As a general rule, the teaching of preaching will probably be of greater importance in seminaries where the mission emphasis is evangelical or doctrinal in nature.’
    • ‘Problems arise, however, when evangelicals and evangelical theology limit the gospel's view of salvation.’
    • ‘The emotions had no part in this, and neither did the central authority of the evangelical tradition, Scripture.’
    • ‘In the judgment of this reviewer, the absence at times leaves the work looking a bit more like a dictionary of education than an evangelical dictionary of Christian education.’
    scriptural, biblical, bible-believing, fundamentalist, orthodox
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    1. 1.1 Of or denoting a tradition within Protestant Christianity emphasizing the authority of the Bible, personal conversion, and the doctrine of salvation by faith in the Atonement.
      • ‘But within Pristina there are three Protestant - broadly evangelical - churches.’
      • ‘For whom did the editors think Jesus wanted evangelical Christians to vote?’
      • ‘The conversion of residents to Christianity occurred after the London Missionary School sent evangelical Protestant missionaries to Tahiti in 1797.’
      • ‘It also generated its fair share of controversy, mostly from fundamentalist and evangelical Christians who thought their belief system was being openly mocked by the film.’
      • ‘On the other hand, thousands of evangelical Christians, spiritualists and Swedenborgians continued to affirm that they had literally heard God's voice.’
      • ‘It was the glory of the evangelical gospel, but no longer can you make that assumption.’
      • ‘The authors describe three different camps within CCM, which correspond to divisions within evangelical Christianity.’
      • ‘But that kind of clarification of my understanding of biblical teaching for evangelical groups has usually been a preface to a plea for sexual humility.’
      • ‘Even fundamentalist evangelical Christians don't agree on what's going on.’
      • ‘Glasgow as a whole gained a reputation as the model of a Christian city in action - as a city which instituted social reform within a respected Protestant evangelical framework.’
      • ‘Today five of his eight brothers are evangelical Christians, as are both his sisters.’
      • ‘Countries such as Brazil, Chile, and Guatemala have a strong evangelical and Protestant tradition.’
      • ‘Nothing now could hold John Wesley back from his God-given call to preach the evangelical gospel.’
      • ‘In recent decades, evangelical Protestant missionaries have converted many in Ecuador, especially in the countryside and urban slums.’
      • ‘Christians, even evangelical fundamentalists, are not all beyond hope.’
      • ‘It is common in evangelical Protestant circles for converts to witness to their faith by recounting their experience of conversion.’
      • ‘My mother was an evangelical Christian, a fundamentalist.’
      • ‘The question of whether innovation belongs in religion is at the heart of the debate in many evangelical churches over Christian contemporary music.’
      • ‘An increasingly common structural problem for community management in the Lower Amazon is related to the spread of Protestant evangelical faiths.’
      • ‘I have spent most of my life, including my academic life, within the evangelical Protestant community.’
      evangelistic, evangelizing, missionary, crusading, propagandist, propagandizing, converting, proselytizing, televangelical
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    2. 1.2 Zealous in advocating something.
      ‘she was evangelical about organic farming’
      • ‘Whilst the advocates of quality and empowerment are almost evangelical in their quest to change the way we work those on the receiving end are considerably more sceptical.’
      • ‘I get coffee and they get evangelical support from me and everyone I can convince to drink their coffee.’
      • ‘I started off implacably opposed to this and now I am almost evangelical in my support.’


  • A member of the evangelical tradition in the Christian Church.

    • ‘When it comes to the life of the mind, in other words, we evangelicals continue to have our problems.’
    • ‘Why evangelicals should object to confessions of faith I am at a loss to understand.’
    • ‘Its success also contributed to bitter divisions between the high church or catholic grouping and the low church or evangelicals.’
    • ‘It's interesting that now he is considered to be a leader by both evangelicals and Catholics.’
    • ‘Such statements bear the mark of a wan hope that evangelicals and Pentecostals should be other than who they are.’
    • ‘The contributors make the moves one expects from conservative evangelicals.’
    • ‘Now, evangelicals have filled churches with a gospel that lacks a call to repentance.’
    • ‘Do you believe that evangelicals should strive to reach unreached peoples with the gospel?’
    • ‘The world mocks us evangelicals for saying we harangue men when we tell them they must go to Jesus Christ.’
    • ‘Most evangelicals will respond to this basic thesis with hesitation, if only because of its novelty.’
    • ‘Not all Catholics are conservative on the social issues that matter to evangelicals.’
    • ‘These gatherings are a major event for professed evangelicals in the Church of England.’
    • ‘The sad truth is that many evangelicals had no problems with what was said.’
    • ‘It also gave a first-hand account of the priorities of conservative evangelicals within the Anglican Communion.’
    • ‘The arena on which evangelicals and Catholics meet is certainly global in scope.’
    • ‘In one sense, the priority of the Word among evangelicals may be its most distinctive trait.’
    • ‘It is sad that evangelicals have often despised the theology of the confessing churches.’
    • ‘At the same time, such acknowledgment raises a problem for both evangelicals and Catholics.’
    • ‘We're both evangelicals, and this therefore shouldn't be an issue that divides the church.’
    • ‘There are a lot of recovering evangelicals at the church, and many of them are friends from Bethel College.’


Mid 16th century: via ecclesiastical Latin from ecclesiastical Greek euangelikos, from euangelos (see evangel).