evangelist vs revivalist what difference

what is difference between evangelist and revivalist



From Old French evangeliste, from ecclesiastical Latin evangelista, from ecclesiastical Ancient Greek εὐαγγελιστής (euangelistḗs, bringer of good news), from εὐαγγελίζεσθαι (euangelízesthai, to evangelize), from εὐάγγελος (euángelos, bringing good news), from εὖ (, well) + ἀγγέλλειν (angéllein, to announce).


  • IPA(key): /ɪˈvændʒəlɪst/


evangelist (plural evangelists)

  1. (Christianity) An itinerant or special preacher, especially a revivalist, who conducts services in different cities or locations, now often televised.
  2. (biblical) A writer of a gospel, especially the four New Testament Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), usually Evangelist.
  3. (primitive Church) A person who first brought the gospel to a city or region.
  4. (Mormon Church) A patriarch.
  5. A person marked by extreme enthusiasm for or support of any cause, particularly with regard to religion.
    • 1992, J. D. Douglas, Who’s Who in Christian History, →ISBN, p. 94.
      Booth, William (1829-1912) English evangelist; founder and first general of the Salvation Army … his subordinates being expected to give him unquestioning obedience.
    • 1994, Frank Lambert, “Pedlar in Divinity”, →ISBN, p. 10.
      Yet in the spreading consumer market of the mid-1700s, his renditions competed with others offering a far different account of the evangelist and his message. The famous artist William Hogarth mocked Whitefield in two engravings presenting the revivalist as a religious fanatic who held sway over the superstitious lower orders.
    • 1996, Peter J. Conn, Pearl S. Buck: A Cultural Biography, →ISBN, p. 149.
      The film implies that the evangelist, as a type, is a fanatic, a sanctimonious prig, and ultimately a hypocrite.
  6. (computing) A person hired to promote a particular technology.
    • 2007, James Avery, ‎Jim Holmes, Windows Developer Power Tools (page xxii)
      [] and has worked in multiple roles, including as the C# Product Manager and as a Developer Evangelist in the Mid-Atlantic district.


  • (preacher): gospeler

Derived terms

  • televangelist
  • technology evangelist
  • evangelism marketing

Related terms

  • angel
  • angelic
  • evangel
  • evangelism
  • evangelize


See also

  • missionary
  • Christer

Further reading

  • evangelist in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • evangelist in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.


  • gavestinel



From Middle Dutch ewangeliste, from Old French evangeliste, from Latin ēvangelista, from Ancient Greek εὐαγγελιστής (euangelistḗs). Equivalent to evangelie +‎ -ist.


  • IPA(key): /ˌeː.vɑŋ.ɣeːˈlɪst/
  • Hyphenation: evan‧ge‧list
  • Rhymes: -ɪst


evangelist m (plural evangelisten, diminutive evangelistje n)

  1. (Christianity) An evangelist, , an author of one of the gospels.
  2. (Protestantism) A Christian missionary.
  3. (Protestantism) A preacher in an evangelical church.


  • Negerhollands: evangelist



evangelist c

  1. evangelist; a preacher of the gospel
  2. evangelist; a writer of a gospel




revival +‎ -ist


revivalist (plural revivalists)

  1. Someone who seeks to revive something.
  2. (US) An evangelistic preacher.



revivalist (comparative more revivalist, superlative most revivalist)

  1. (US) Evangelistic.

Derived terms

  • revivalistic


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