1. often Evangelist Any of the authors of the four Gospels in the New Testament, traditionally identified by the names Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
2. One who practices evangelism, especially a Protestant preacher or missionary.
3. One who promulgates or promotes something enthusiastically.
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