Sorry for my bad English. I'm translating a book about behavior. What does "evangelical" mean in the following context:

The manager, heavily tattooed and evangelical about juicing, answered Emily’s questions, then made an offer Emily couldn’t refuse.

When I looked up evangelical in Oxford's online dictionary, it means something about religion. So that doesn't seem to fit.

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    – J.R.
    Dec 28, 2015 at 9:04
  • @J.R. When I looked it up in Oxford's online dictionary, it means something about religion. So I doubted it.
    – haile
    Dec 28, 2015 at 10:22
  • @haile, It's a metaphor when used outside a religious context, and means anyone who feels so strongly about something (in your example, the beneficial health value of juicing) that they try to convert others just as religious evangelicals/evangelists try to convert others to their particular religious sect.
    – MMacD
    Apr 4, 2017 at 15:18

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Evangelical is a Christian religious term. It refers to someone who spreads religious knowledge (an evangelist). The term has taken on another meaning in American religious life where it denotes a particular style of Christianity (conservative and fundamentalist are other terms).

New usage stemming from the above meaning gives dictionary.com this definition:

marked by ardent or zealous enthusiasm for a cause.

So in your sentence the manager spreads information about 'juic-ing' with religious enthusiasm. I assume juic-ing refers to 'juicing' meaning to make a drink from the juice of fruits and vegetables.

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    Evangelism is about spreading the “good news” (evangel) about something or other.
    – tchrist
    Dec 28, 2015 at 4:26
  • @tchrist thankyou for the clarification. I wasn't sure if 'good news' or gospel would be universally understood so I avoided the term.
    – Maree
    Dec 28, 2015 at 10:58

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