Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or in accordance with the Christian gospel, especially one of the four gospel books of the New Testament.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or being a Protestant church that founds its teaching on the gospel.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or being a Christian church believing in the sole authority and inerrancy of the Bible, in salvation only through regeneration, and in a spiritually transformed personal life.
  • adj. Of or relating to the Lutheran churches in Germany and Switzerland.
  • adj. Of or relating to all Protestant churches in Germany.
  • adj. Of or relating to the group in the Church of England that stresses personal conversion and salvation by faith.
  • adj. Characterized by ardent or crusading enthusiasm; zealous: an evangelical liberal.
  • n. A member of an evangelical church or party.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to the gospel(s) of the Christian New Testament
  • adj. Pertaining to the doctrines or teachings of the Christian gospel or Christianity in general.
  • adj. Protestant; specifically, designating European churches which were originally Lutheran rather than Calvinist.
  • adj. Pertaining to a movement in Protestant Christianity that stresses personal conversion and the authority of the Bible (evangelicalism).
  • adj. Zealously enthusiastic.
  • n. A member of an evangelical church
  • n. An advocate of evangelicalism

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Contained in, or relating to, the four Gospels.
  • adj. Belonging to, agreeable or consonant to, or contained in, the gospel, or the truth taught in the New Testament.
  • adj. Earnest for the truth taught in the gospel; strict in interpreting Christian doctrine; preëminently orthodox; -- technically applied to that party in the Church of England, and in the Protestant Episcopal Church, which holds the doctrine of “Justification by Faith alone;” the Low Church party. The term is also applied to other religious bodies not regarded as orthodox.
  • adj. Having or characterized by a zealous, crusading enthusiasm for a cause.
  • adj. Adhering to a form of Christianity characterized by a conservative interpretation of the bible, but disavowing the label 'bdfundamentalist`'b8.
  • n. One of evangelical principles.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the gospel of Jesus Christ; comprised in or relating to the Christian revelation or dispensation: as, the evangelical books of the New Testament; the evangelical narrative or history; evangelical interpretation.
  • Conformable to the requirements or principles of the gospel, especially as these are set forth in the New Testament; characterized by or manifesting the spirit of Christ; consonant with the Christian faith: as, evangelical doctrine.
  • Adhering to and contending for the doctrines of the gospel: specifically applied to a section in the Protestant churches who profess to base their principles on Scripture alone, and who give distinctive prominence to such doctrines as the corruption of man's nature by the fall, atonement by the life, sufferings, and death of Christ, justification by faith in Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit in conversion and sanctification, and the divine exercise of free and unmerited grace.
  • In a restricted sense, relating or pertaining to the spirituality of the gospel; seeking to promote conversion and a strictly religious life: as, evangelical preaching or labors.
  • n. One who maintains evangelical principles.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. marked by ardent or zealous enthusiasm for a cause
  • adj. relating to or being a Christian church believing in personal conversion and the inerrancy of the Bible especially the 4 Gospels
  • adj. of or pertaining to or in keeping with the Christian gospel especially as in the first 4 books of the New Testament

Etymologies

evangel +‎ -ical, from Latin evangelium, from Ancient Greek εὐαγγέλιον (euangelion, "good news") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “Cultural renewal” is an evangelical and political objective of *new evangelical* Christianity.

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  • But evangelicals, the word evangelical comes from the Greek word that means good news.

    CNN Transcript Nov 22, 2004

  • And you even -- you don't like the label evangelical because of all the political connotations that sort of go along with it.

    CNN Transcript Nov 4, 2009

  • And look, even the term evangelical, it used to be when you said that word, you all have thoughts about somebody who is on the religious right.

    CNN Transcript May 23, 2008

  • Detroit convention, was adopted what is known as the evangelical test, and at the Portland convention of 1869 the definition of the term evangelical; they are as follows: --

    The Bay State Monthly — Volume 1, No. 6, June, 1884

  • The term "evangelical," David has taught me, comes from the Greek word euangelion, meaning "the good news" or the "gospel"; and Christians who adhere to the interpretation are instructed to "evangelize," or share the gospel with the world.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • The label evangelical is hard to define because it encompasses a wide range of faiths.

    Features from Minnesota Public Radio

  • Here's my main problem with Hallow's story: It failed to define the term evangelical leader.

    GetReligion

  • Thus, when I use the term evangelical for myself, I'm not using it in the sense of a conservative party label, but something more broadly.

    Ponderings on a Faith Journey

  • I think there is a problem with the label evangelical Christian-it's been tainted too much by people like Fawell and Robertson (who let their politics taint their religious beliefs and even the message of Christ).

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