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verb (used with or without object), pros·e·lyt·ized, pros·e·lyt·iz·ing.
  1. to convert or attempt to convert as a proselyte; recruit.
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Also especially British, pros·e·lyt·ise.

Origin of proselytize

First recorded in 1670–80; proselyte + -ize
Related formspros·e·lyt·is·tic [pros-uh-li-tis-tik, -lahy-] /ˌprɒs ə lɪˈtɪs tɪk, -laɪ-/, adjectivepros·e·lyt·i·za·tion, nounpros·e·lyt·iz·er, noun
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Related Words for proselytize

advocate, uphold, approve, defend, adopt, accept, persuade, embrace, convince, sway

British Dictionary definitions for proselytize



  1. to convert (someone) from one religious faith to another
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Derived Formsproselytization or proselytisation, nounproselytizer or proselytiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for proselytize


1670s, "to make proselytes," from proselyte + -ize. Related: Proselytized; proselytizing.

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