evangelization (n.) Look up evangelization at Dictionary.com
1650s, "action of preaching the gospel," noun of action from evangelize. From 1827 as "act of bringing under the influence of the gospel."
evangelize (v.) Look up evangelize at Dictionary.com
late 14c., from Old French evangeliser "to spread or preach the Gospel," and directly from Church Latin evangelizare, from Greek euangelizesthai (see evangelist). Related: Evangelized; evangelizing.
evaporate (v.) Look up evaporate at Dictionary.com
early 15c., "draw off (humors or spirits) as vapor," from Late Latin evaporatum, past participle of evaporare "disperse in vapor" (see evaporation). Intransitive sense by 1560s. Figurative use by 1610s. Related: Evaporated; evaporating.
evaporation (n.) Look up evaporation at Dictionary.com
late 14c., from Old French évaporation and directly from Latin evaporationem (nominative evaporatio), noun of action from past participle stem of evaporare "disperse in vapor or steam," from assimilated form of ex- "out" (see ex-) + vapor "steam" (see vapor).
evasion (n.) Look up evasion at Dictionary.com
early 15c., from Middle French évasion and directly from Late Latin evasionem (nominative evasio) "a going out," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin evadere "to escape" (see evade).
evasive (adj.) Look up evasive at Dictionary.com
1725 of persons; 1744 of actions, etc., from French évasif, from Latin evas-, past participle stem of evadere "to get away, escape" (see evasion). Related: Evasively; evasiveness. Evasive action is from 1940, originally in military aviation.
eve (n.) Look up eve at Dictionary.com
c.1200, eve "evening," especially the time between sunset and darkness, from Old English æfen, with loss of terminal -n (which, though forming part of the stem, perhaps was mistaken for an inflection), from Proto-Germanic *æbando- (cognates: Old Saxon aband, Old Frisian ewnd, Dutch avond, Old High German aband, German Abend, Old Norse aptann, Danish aften), of uncertain origin. Now superseded in its original sense by evening.

Specific meaning "day before a saint's day or festival" is from late 13c. Transferred sense of "the moment right before any event, etc." is by 1780. Even (n.), evening keep the original form.
Eve Look up Eve at Dictionary.com
fem. proper name, Biblical first woman, Late Latin, from Hebrew Hawwah, literally "a living being," from base hawa "he lived" (compare Arabic hayya, Aramaic hayyin).
Like most of the explanations of names in Genesis, this is probably based on folk etymology or an imaginative playing with sound. ... In the Hebrew here, the phonetic similarity is between hawah, "Eve," and the verbal root hayah, "to live." It has been proposed that Eve's name conceals very different origins, for it sounds suspiciously like the Aramaic word for "serpent." [Robert Alter, "The Five Books of Moses," 2004, commentary on Gen. iii:20]
evection (n.) Look up evection at Dictionary.com
1650s, literal, from Late Latin evectionem (nominative evectio) "a carrying upward, a flight," from Latin evehere, from assimilated form of ex- "upwards" (see ex-) + vehere "to carry" (see vehicle). Astronomy sense is from 1706.
Evelyn Look up Evelyn at Dictionary.com
fem. proper name, a double diminutive of Eve or in some cases from Old High German Avelina, from Avi. Popular (top 20) for girls born in U.S. c.1910-1930 and rising in popularity again 2000s.
even (adj.) Look up even at Dictionary.com
Old English efen "level," also "equal, like; calm, harmonious; equally; quite, fully; namely," from Proto-Germanic *ebnaz (cognates: Old Saxon eban, Old Frisian even "level, plain, smooth," Dutch even, Old High German eban, German eben, Old Norse jafn, Danish jævn, Gothic ibns). The adverb is Old English efne "exactly, just, likewise." Modern adverbial sense (introducing an extreme case of something more generally implied) seems to have arisen 16c. from use of the word to emphasize identity ("Who, me?" "Even you").

Etymologists are uncertain whether the original sense was "level" or "alike." Used extensively in Old English compounds, with a sense of "fellow, co-" (as in efeneald "of the same age;" Middle English even-sucker "foster-brother"). Of numbers, from 1550s. Sense of "on an equal footing" is from 1630s. Rhyming reduplication phrase even steven is attested from 1866; even break (n.) first recorded 1907. Even-tempered from 1712. To get even with "retaliate upon" is attested by 1833.
even (v.) Look up even at Dictionary.com
Old English efnan "to make even, to make level; liken, compare" (see even (adj.)). Intransitive sense of "become even" is attested from early 13c. Related: Evened; evening.
even (n.) Look up even at Dictionary.com
"end of the day," Old English æfen, Mercian efen, Northumbrian efern (see eve).
even-handed (adj.) Look up even-handed at Dictionary.com
also evenhanded, "impartial, equitable, rightly balanced," c.1600, from even (adj.) + handed. even-handedly; even-handedness.
evening (n.) Look up evening at Dictionary.com
from Old English æfnung "the coming of evening, sunset, time around sunset," verbal noun from æfnian "become evening, grow toward evening," from æfen "evening" (see eve). As a synonym of even (n.) in the sense "time from sunset to bedtime," it dates from mid-15c. and now entirely replaces the older word in this sense. Another Old English noun for "evening" was cwildtid.
evenly (adv.) Look up evenly at Dictionary.com
Old English efenlice "evenly, equally;" see even (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning "so as to produce uniformity of texture is early 15c.; that of "without surface irregularities, smoothly" is from 1630s.
evenness (n.) Look up evenness at Dictionary.com
Old English efenniss "equality, equity;" see even (adj.) + -ness. Meaning "levelness, smoothness" is late 14c.
evensong (n.) Look up evensong at Dictionary.com
the native word for vespers, Old English æfensang; see even (n.) + song.
event (n.) Look up event at Dictionary.com
1570s, "the consequence of anything" (as in in the event that); 1580s, "that which happens;" from Middle French event, from Latin eventus "occurrence, accident, event, fortune, fate, lot, issue," from past participle stem of evenire "to come out, happen, result," from assimilated form of ex- "out" (see ex-) + venire "to come" (see venue). Meaning "a contest or single proceeding in a public sport" is from 1865. Events as "the course of events" is attested from 1842. Event horizon in astrophysics is from 1969.
eventful (adj.) Look up eventful at Dictionary.com
c.1600, from event + -ful. According to OED, it is in Shakespeare, once ("As You Like It"), and there is no record of it between then and Johnson's "Dictionary." Related: Eventfully; eventfulness. Eventless is attested from 1815.
eventide (n.) Look up eventide at Dictionary.com
"evening" (archaic), Old English æfentid; see even (n.) + tide (n.).
eventual (adj.) Look up eventual at Dictionary.com
1610s, "pertaining to events," from French éventuel, from Latin event-, stem of evenire (see event). Meaning "ultimately resulting" is by 1823.
eventuality (n.) Look up eventuality at Dictionary.com
1759, "a possible occurrence," from eventual + -ity, on model of French éventualité.
eventually (adv.) Look up eventually at Dictionary.com
"ultimately," 1670s, from eventual + -ly (2).
eventuate (v.) Look up eventuate at Dictionary.com
1788, American English, from Latin eventus, past participle of eventire (see event). Related: Eventuated; eventuating.
eventuation (n.) Look up eventuation at Dictionary.com
1813, noun of action from eventuate.
ever (adv.) Look up ever at Dictionary.com
Old English æfre "ever, at any time, always;" of uncertain origin, no cognates in any other Germanic language; perhaps a contraction of a in feore, literally "ever in life" (the expression a to fore is common in Old English writings).

First element is almost certainly related to Old English a "always, ever," from Proto-Germanic *aiwo, from PIE *aiw- "vital force, life, long life, eternity" (see eon). Liberman suggests second element is comparative adjectival suffix -re. Sometimes contracted to e'er in dialect and poetry. Ever so "to whatever extent" is recorded by 1680s. Expression did you ever? (implying "see/do/hear of such a thing") attested by 1840.
ever-living (adj.) Look up ever-living at Dictionary.com
1540s, from ever + living (adj.).
ever-loving (adj.) Look up ever-loving at Dictionary.com
1730, from ever + loving. As a mere intensifier from 1930s.
Everest (n.) Look up Everest at Dictionary.com
mountain between Nepal and Tibet, named 1865 for Sir George Everest (1790-1866), surveyor-general of India. The Tibetan name is Chomolangma "mother goddess of the world." Everest's surname is said in name-books to be a variant of Devereux, a Norman name, from Evereux/Evreux in France, which from a Celtic tribal name (Latin Eburovices) based on the Ebura (modern Eure) river.
Everglades (n.) Look up Everglades at Dictionary.com
1826, from everglade (1823), from ever, apparently in sense of "endless" + glade. Charles Vignoles's "Observations upon the Floridas" (1823) has Eternal Glades and Ever Glade morass.
The distance from the mouth of Hilsborough river to the head of the lake, in a direct line, is about 110 statute miles. The country between them is mostly, if not wholly, an everglade, by which is meant a low marsh frequently covered with water, and in which there grows a sharp triangular grass, from ten to twelve feet high, and impervious to men or animals. ["American Mechanics' Magazine," 1825]
evergreen (n.) Look up evergreen at Dictionary.com
1640s in reference to trees and shrubs, from ever + green (adj.). From 1660s as an adjective; figurative sense from 1871.
everlasting Look up everlasting at Dictionary.com
early 13c., "eternal" (adj.); "eternally" (adv.); "eternity" (n.); from ever + lasting. Colloquially in mid-19c. U.S., "very, exceedingly." A verb, everlast, "to endure forever," is recorded late 14c. Related: Everlastingly.
evermore (adv.) Look up evermore at Dictionary.com
c.1300 as one word, "at all times; all the time; forever, eternally;" see ever + more. Replacing evermo (13c.), from Old English æfre ma.
evert (v.) Look up evert at Dictionary.com
1530s, from Latin evertere "turn out, turn over, overthrow," from assimilated form of ex- "out" (see ex-) + vertere "to turn" (see versus). Related: Everted; everting.
every (adj.) Look up every at Dictionary.com
early 13c., contraction of Old English æfre ælc "each of a group," literally "ever each" (Chaucer's everich), from each with ever added for emphasis. The word still is felt to want emphasis; as in Modern English every last ..., every single ..., etc.

Also a pronoun to Chaucer, Shakespeare, Spenser. Compare everybody, everything, etc. The word everywhen is attested from 1843 but never caught on; neither did everyhow (1837). Slang phrase every Tom, Dick, and Harry "every man, everyone" dates from at least 1734, from common English given names.
everybody (n.) Look up everybody at Dictionary.com
late 14c., from every + body (n.) in obsolete sense of "person."
everyday (adj.) Look up everyday at Dictionary.com
1630s, "worn on ordinary days," as opposed to Sundays or high days, from noun meaning "a week day" (late 14c.), from every (adj.) + day (n.). Extended sense of "to be met with every day, common" is from 1763.
everyman (n.) Look up everyman at Dictionary.com
name of the leading character in a popular 15c. morality play; from every + man (n.).
everyone (n.) Look up everyone at Dictionary.com
c.1200, from every + one.
everything (n.) Look up everything at Dictionary.com
late 14c., from every + thing.
everywhere (adv.) Look up everywhere at Dictionary.com
Old English æfre gehwær; see every + where.
Evian Look up Evian at Dictionary.com
in reference to mineral water, 1857, from the town of Évian-les-Bains on the shore of Lake Geneva in eastern France. The place is recorded from 8c. as Laquatico, from Latin aqua "water."
evict (v.) Look up evict at Dictionary.com
mid-15c., "recover (property) by judicial means," from Latin evictus, past participle of evincere "overcome and expel, conquer, subdue, vanquish; prevail over; supplant," from assimilated form of ex- "out," or perhaps here merely intensive (see ex-) + vincere "conquer" (see victor). Sense of "expel by legal process" first recorded in English 1530s, from a post-classical sense of the Latin word. Related: Evicted; evicting. Compare evince.
eviction (n.) Look up eviction at Dictionary.com
mid-15c., from Middle French éviction, from Late Latin evictionem (nominative evictio) "recovery of one's property (by judicial decision)," noun of action from past participle stem of evincere, literally "overcome, conquer" (see evict).
evidence (n.) Look up evidence at Dictionary.com
c.1300, "appearance from which inferences may be drawn," from Old French evidence, from Late Latin evidentia "proof," in classical Latin "distinction, vivid presentation, clearness" in rhetoric, from stem of Latin evidens "obvious, apparent" (see evident).

Meaning "ground for belief" is from late 14c.; that of "obviousness" is from 1660s and tacks closely to the sense of evident. Legal senses are from c.1500, when it began to oust witness. Also "one who furnishes testimony, witness" (1590s); hence turn (State's) evidence.
evidence (v.) Look up evidence at Dictionary.com
"show clearly, prove, give evidence of," c.1600, from evidence (n.). Related: Evidenced; evidencing.
evident (adj.) Look up evident at Dictionary.com
late 14c., from Old French evident and directly from Latin evidentem (nominative evidens) "perceptible, clear, obvious, apparent" from ex- "fully, out of" (see ex-) + videntem (nominative videns), present participle of videre "to see" (see vision).
evidently (adv.) Look up evidently at Dictionary.com
late 14c., from evident + -ly (2).
evil (adj.) Look up evil at Dictionary.com
Old English yfel (Kentish evel) "bad, vicious, ill, wicked," from Proto-Germanic *ubilaz (cognates: Old Saxon ubil, Old Frisian and Middle Dutch evel, Dutch euvel, Old High German ubil, German übel, Gothic ubils), from PIE *upelo-, from root *wap- "bad, evil" (cognates: Hittite huwapp- "evil").

In Old English and other older Germanic languages other than Scandinavian, "this word is the most comprehensive adjectival expression of disapproval, dislike or disparagement" [OED]. Evil was the word the Anglo-Saxons used where we would use bad, cruel, unskillful, defective (adj.), or harm (n.), crime, misfortune, disease (n.). In Middle English, bad took the wider range of senses and evil began to focus on moral badness. Both words have good as their opposite. Evil-favored (1520s) meant "ugly." Evilchild is attested as an English surname from 13c.

The adverb is Old English yfele, originally of words or speech. Also as a noun in Old English, "what is bad; sin, wickedness; anything that causes injury, morally or physically." Especially of a malady or disease from c.1200. The meaning "extreme moral wickedness" was one of the senses of the Old English noun, but it did not become established as the main sense of the modern word until 18c. As a noun, Middle English also had evilty. Related: Evilly. Evil eye (Latin oculus malus) was Old English eage yfel. The jocular notion of an evil twin as an excuse for regrettable deeds is by 1986, American English, from an old motif in mythology.