[ pros-uh-lahyt ]
/ ˈprɒs əˌlaɪt /
a person who has changed from one opinion, religious belief, sect, or the like, to another; convert.
verb (used with or without object), pros·e·lyt·ed, pros·e·lyt·ing.
Origin of proselyte
1325–75; Middle English < Late Latin prosēlytus < Greek (Septuagint) prosḗlytos, for *prosḗlythos newcomer, proselyte, equivalent to prosēlyth- (suppletive stem of prosérchesthai to approach) + -os noun suffix
Related formspros·e·lyt·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for proselyte
/ (ˈprɒsɪˌlaɪt) /
a person newly converted to a religious faith or sect; a convert, esp a gentile converted to Judaism
a less common word for proselytize
Derived Formsproselytism (ˈprɒsɪlɪˌtɪzəm), nounproselytic (ˌprɒsɪˈlɪtɪk), adjective
Word Origin for proselyte
C14: from Church Latin prosēlytus, from Greek prosēlutos recent arrival, convert, from proserchesthai to draw near
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