e·van·gel·i·cal (ē′văn-jĕlĭ-kəl, ĕv′ən-) also e·van·gel·ic (-jĕlĭk)
1. Of, relating to, or in accordance with the Christian gospel, especially one of the four gospel books of the New Testament.
2. 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.
a. Of or relating to the Lutheran churches in Germany and Switzerland.
b. Of or relating to all Protestant churches in Germany.
4. Of or relating to the group in the Church of England that stresses personal conversion and salvation by faith.
5. Characterized by ardent or crusading enthusiasm; zealous: an evangelical liberal.
Evangelical A member of an evangelical church or party.
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