- in, of, or according to the Gospels or the teaching of the New Testament
- of a Protestant tradition that emphasizes salvation by faith and rejects the efficacy of the sacraments and good works alone
- [E-] designating or of any of various Protestant sects with this belief
- of the Low Church party in the Church of England
- of or promoting evangelism; evangelistic
Origin of evangelicalfrom Ecclesiastical Late Latin evangelicus from Classical Greek euangelikos from euangelion (see evangel) + -al
- Of, relating to, or in accordance with the Christian gospel, especially one of the four gospel books of the New Testament.
- Evangelical Of, relating to, or being a Christian church believing in the Bible as the sole source of religious authority, in salvation only through conversion and spiritual regeneration, and in the necessity of public witness to faith.
- Evangelical a. Of or relating to the Lutheran churches in Germany and Switzerland.b. Of or relating to all Protestant churches in Germany.
- Of or relating to the group in the Church of England that stresses personal conversion and salvation by faith.
- Characterized by ardent or crusading enthusiasm; zealous: an evangelical liberal.
(comparative more evangelical, superlative most evangelical)
- Pertaining to the gospel(s) of the Christian New Testament
- Pertaining to Islamic groups that are dedicated to dawah and preaching the Quran and sunnah.
- Pertaining to the doctrines or teachings of the Christian gospel or Christianity in general.
- Protestant; specifically, designating European churches which were originally Lutheran rather than Calvinist.
- Pertaining to a movement in Protestant Christianity that stresses personal conversion and the authority of the Bible (evangelicalism).
- Zealously enthusiastic.
While evangelical may have all above meanings, it is often used now for meanings 4-5.
Evangelic has only the meanings 1-3 and is now used often to differentiate these meanings from evangelicalism.
- A member of an evangelical church
- An advocate of evangelicalism