Definition of Pentecostal in US English:



  • 1Relating to Pentecost.

  • 2Relating to or denoting any of a number of Christian movements and individuals emphasizing baptism in the Holy Spirit, evidenced by speaking in tongues, prophecy, healing, and exorcism.

    • ‘Arminian Baptists, Brethren and Pentecostal churches have preached the gospel of Christ within their own limited understanding.’
    • ‘Global flows of religious belief and practice are filtered and shaped by local conditions: Pentecostal Christianity takes on local color.’
    • ‘But eight months later, social workers found a foster family for them - Pentecostal Christians who raised them with abundant love and gave them confidence, joie de vivre and the urge to give back.’
    • ‘Its avowed aim was to introduce the Pentecostal experience to other Christian denominations.’
    • ‘Because I became a Christian in a Pentecostal church, I still have a lot of affection, respect and genuine sympathy for Pentecostals and Charismatics.’
    • ‘In Fort Worth, Texas, for example, a church integrates traditional Gypsy faith with Christian Pentecostal ritual.’
    • ‘Among Protestant denominations, Pentecostal and fundamentalist sects - called evangelical churches - have had the largest growth.’
    • ‘As a result, a generation of young people has spent the past ten years looking for alternatives to the Presbyterian church, and many have ended up in Pentecostal churches.’
    • ‘I started going to Sunday school in a Pentecostal church in my hometown.’
    • ‘A devout Pentecostal Christian, he was determined to make the beverage in such a way as to contain less than 1% alcohol.’
    • ‘My mother is a very religious Pentecostal Christian.’
    • ‘As an evangelical and Pentecostal Christian, he listens carefully to the critical voices from his own camp, while continually pushing its boundaries toward a more ecumenically open stance.’
    • ‘I am a lifelong practicing Roman Catholic who has had the good fortune to spend many Sundays in Baptist and Pentecostal churches.’
    • ‘The effort is notable in seeking out evangelical and Pentecostal churches that have not traditionally been a part of Faith and Order discussions, along with Roman Catholics, Orthodox and mainline Protestants.’
    • ‘Those who represent the Pentecostal movement say that missionaries function as apostles.’
    • ‘While much of what they do indicates a shallow, extra-biblical emphasis, genuine conversions are occurring in some Pentecostal churches, and there is some evidence of spiritual growth and zeal for evangelism.’
    • ‘Because hearing the voice of God is considered normative within the Pentecostal tradition, hearing a voice external to one's self is not necessarily a manifestation of mental illness with Pentecostal Christians.’
    • ‘No one is suggesting that Catholics stop referring to the Anglican, Lutheran and Pentecostal churches.’
    • ‘She was a young Pentecostal Christian from the Ukraine who had been brought to America as a child in the 1980s to escape Communist oppression.’
    • ‘And the number is growing, thanks to prophetic Pentecostal movements and the like.’


  • A member of a Pentecostal movement.

    • ‘And really, the Pentecostals and the evangelical Protestants in South America are making tremendously powerful, huge inroads into Catholic populations in cities.’
    • ‘Here, evangelicals are at one with Pentecostals in their rejection of ecclesial institutionalism, hierarchicalism, and traditionalism.’
    • ‘As it happens, it is a fairly hopeful report on discussions between Catholics, evangelicals, Pentecostals, and others in Latin America.’
    • ‘Members of fundamentalist churches, Mormons, and Pentecostals commonly exhibit a stronger missionary thrust than Catholics.’
    • ‘At the same time, his work has been hampered by weak financial support from the state, while Protestants, especially Pentecostals, have moved with great vigor, setting up local-language congregations across the region.’
    • ‘Of course, this may reflect the relative paucity of written prayer among ‘lower church’ evangelicals and Pentecostals.’
    • ‘The whole fire and brimstone preaching I have herd is mainly with Baptists, Pentecostals, First Church of Latter-Day Saints and Jehovah's Witnesses.’
    • ‘In Latin America, we see some decline because of inroads by Evangelicals and Pentecostals.’
    • ‘When Pentecostals joined the Evangelicals in America, they were willing to give up the role of women in ministry and the role of women preaching, and I think in many instances in Australia, that's only just starting to be re-thought about.’
    • ‘This approach is shared by many Evangelicals and Pentecostals.’
    • ‘I don't hold up my experience as typical - and I am glad to have discovered over the years that it is by and large not typical of Pentecostals and Pentecostal churches.’
    • ‘Center stage is now occupied by Pentecostals, charismatics, evangelicals, fundamentalists, conservative Baptists and Lutherans, and select Roman Catholic writers and movements.’
    • ‘Within Protestantism, numerical growth and spiritual dynamism seem to have migrated to evangelicals, Pentecostals and charismatics, especially in non-Western countries.’
    • ‘Today, almost 525 million people around the world identify themselves as Pentecostals or charismatics.’
    • ‘Small religious groups of Evangelicals and Pentecostals grew while the dominant churches dramatically shrank in the first half of the 20th Century.’
    • ‘But evangelicals and Pentecostals should, it is urged, give up their separatist ways.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, Pentecostals share with evangelicals a conservative approach to marriage and gender relations.’
    • ‘My father is the minister at Church of God for Pentecostals.’
    • ‘Among Protestants, it's evangelicals, Pentecostals and other theological conservatives who account for nearly half the total.’
    • ‘However, there are increasing numbers of independent church members, including Pentecostals, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Seventh-Day Adventists.’