Pentecostal [pen-ti-kaw-stuh l, -stl, -kos-tuh l, -tl-] ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. of or relating to Pentecost, a Christian festival commemorating the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the apostles.
  2. noting or relating to any of various Christian groups, usually fundamentalist, that emphasize the activity of the Holy Spirit, stress holiness of living, and express their religious feelings uninhibitedly, as by speaking in tongues.


  1. Also called Pen·te·cos·tal·ist. a member of any Pentecostal denomination.

Origin of Pentecostal From the Late Latin word pentēcostālis, dating back to 1540–50. See Pentecost, -al1 Related formspost-Pen·te·cos·tal, adjective Examples from the Web for pentecostal Contemporary Examples of pentecostal

  • Is the Pentecostal Jim Casy a stand-in for another martyred J.C.?

    Is There a Ma Joad for the Piketty Era?

    Katie Baker

    July 1, 2014

  • From those he married, he demanded a superhuman innocence, in accordance with the Pentecostal teachings of the Assembly of God.

    The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis

    Richard Ben Cramer

    January 11, 2014

  • Mormonism, as an old friend raised in the faith told me, combines “a Pentecostal theology with an Episcopalian mentality.”

    Despite the Great Recession, Obama’s New Coalition of Elites Has Thrived

    Joel Kotkin

    November 1, 2012

  • Certainly, there are overlaps between the traditions—Oral Roberts, where Bachmann studied with Eidsmoe, was a Pentecostal school.

    A Christian Plot for Domination?

    Michelle Goldberg

    August 15, 2011

  • The group claims they are following the tenets laid out at the start of the 20th century by the first Pentecostal believers.

    Christianity’s New Culture War

    Eliza Griswold

    January 9, 2010

  • Historical Examples of pentecostal

  • The Pentecostal Church believed in prayer, and practised it.

    The Ministry of Intercession

    Andrew Murray

  • This latter is the sanctification and Pentecostal experience.


    J. W. Byers

  • In the dedication of the temple we also have a type of this Pentecostal experience.


    J. W. Byers

  • How easily this is understood by those who have truly received the Pentecostal experience.


    J. W. Byers

  • I feel like we’d heard the big wind—an’ I guess, mebbe, the Pentecostal tongues.’

    Friendship Village

    Zona Gale

  • British Dictionary definitions for pentecostal Pentecostal adjective

    1. (usually prenominal) of or relating to any of various Christian groups that emphasize the charismatic aspects of Christianity and adopt a fundamental attitude to the Bible
    2. of or relating to Pentecost or the influence of the Holy Ghost


    1. a member of a Pentecostal Church

    Derived FormsPentecostalism, nounPentecostalist, noun, adjective Word Origin and History for pentecostal

    1660s, “pertaining to the Pentecost,” from Latin pentecostalis (Tertullian), from pentecoste (see pentecost). With a capital P- and meaning “Pentecostalist,” in reference to “Christian sect emphasizing gifts of the Holy Spirit” (Acts ii), it is attested from 1904 (noun and adjective).

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