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noun     gospel pronunciation in American English
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    gospel music

    [uncountable] music a type of Christian music influenced by soul and R and B that developed in the churches that black people went to in the south of the U.S. in the past. It is sung by groups of singers who have powerful voices

    a gospel singer/choir

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    [countable] one of the four books in the Bible that tell about the life of Jesus
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      the gospel


      the Gospel

      the things that Jesus said and taught, according to the Bible

      Jesus told his disciples to go and preach the gospel.

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    [singular] ideas that someone wants other people to accept

    He has spent his life preaching the gospel of good design.



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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