[ 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


pros·e·lyt·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for proselyting

  • Proselyting Buddhists, however, found their way from India and brought civilization with them.

    Travels in the Far East|Ellen Mary Hayes Peck

British Dictionary definitions for proselyting

/ (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 forms of proselyte

proselytism (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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