Thursday, June 14, 2007
proselytize intransitive verb [PROS-uh-luh-tyz] To induce someone to convert to one's religious faith.
Definitions for proselytize
- To induce someone to convert to one's religious faith.
- To induce someone to join one's institution, cause, or political party.
- To convert to some religion, system, opinion, or the like.
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Citations for proselytize
Jesuit missionaries appeared; the Japanese allowed them to proselytize.
It has given the world an example of what hard work can do, but in general Japan prefers to focus on its own affairs and let other countries proselytize for democracy, capitalism, communism, or whatever else they believe in.
Origin of proselytize
Proselytize is formed from proselyte, "a new convert, especially a convert to some religion or religious sect, or to some particular opinion, system, or party," from Greek proselutos, "a proselyte, a newcomer," from pros, "toward" + elutos, from eluthon, "I came."