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proselyte

[ pros-uh-lahyt ]

noun

  1. a person who has changed from one opinion, religious belief, sect, or the like, to another; convert.

    Synonyms: novice, neophyte



verb (used with or without object)

, pros·e·lyt·ed, pros·e·lyt·ing.

proselyte

/ ˌprɒsɪˈlɪtɪk; ˈprɒsɪˌlaɪt; ˈprɒsɪlɪˌtɪzəm /

noun

  1. a person newly converted to a religious faith or sect; a convert, esp a gentile converted to Judaism


verb

  1. a less common word for proselytize

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Derived Forms

  • proselytism, noun
  • proselytic, adjective

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Other Words From

  • prose·lyter noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of proselyte1

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English, from Late Latin prosēlytus, from Greek (Septuagint) prosḗlytos, for unattested prosḗlythos “newcomer, proselyte,” equivalent to prosēlyth- (suppletive stem of prosérchesthai “to approach”) + -os noun suffix

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Word History and Origins

Origin of proselyte1

C14: from Church Latin prosēlytus, from Greek prosēlutos recent arrival, convert, from proserchesthai to draw near

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