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Meaning & History
Derived from the Latin adjective evangelicus meaning "evangelical". It is a latinization of the Greek adjective εὐαγγελικός (euangelikos), which originally meant "relating to good news" (see Euangelios) but came to mean "relating to the gospel" in the Christian era.This name was borne by the obscure saint Evangelicus of Tomis (also found written as Tomi) in Scythia Minor, which is nowadays Constanța in Romania. Occasionally referred to as Evangelus, he is the first known archbishop of the coastal city, who was martyred in the second half of the 3rd century AD. This is believed to have happened during the reign of the Roman emperor Diocletian, who ruled from 284 AD to 305 AD.