Dictionary

proselytize

verb pros·e·ly·tize \ˈprä-s(ə-)lə-ˌtīz\

: to try to persuade people to join a religion, cause, or group

pros·e·ly·tizedpros·e·ly·tiz·ing

Full Definition of PROSELYTIZE

intransitive verb
1
:  to induce someone to convert to one's faith
2
:  to recruit someone to join one's party, institution, or cause
transitive verb
:  to recruit or convert especially to a new faith, institution, or cause
pros·e·ly·ti·za·tion \ˌprä-s(ə-)lə-tə-ˈzā-shən, ˌprä-sə-ˌlī-tə-\ noun
pros·e·ly·tiz·er \ˈprä-s(ə-)lə-ˌtī-zər\ noun
ADVERTISEMENT

Examples of PROSELYTIZE

  1. He uses his position to proselytize for the causes that he supports.
  2. <the efforts of early missionaries to proselytize the Native Americans of Minnesota were largely unproductive>
  3. They are a sport-shirted, discomforted lot, pacing, puffing feverishly on cigarettes, perspiring freely and proselytizing furiously. —Nicholas Dawidoff, Sports Illustrated, 19 Aug. 1991

Origin of PROSELYTIZE

(see 1proselyte)
First Known Use: 1679

Related to PROSELYTIZE

Rhymes with PROSELYTIZE

accessorize, acclimatize, actualize, aerobicize, aestheticize, Africanize, allegorize, alphabetize, analogize, anatomize, anesthetize, animalize, annualize, antagonize, anthologize, anticlockwise, apologize, apostatize, apostrophize, arabicize, aromatize, automatize, bureaucratize, cannibalize, capitalize, categorize, catheterize, catholicize, characterize, collectivize, commercialize, commoditize, communalize, computerize, conservatize, containerize, contrariwise, conveyorize, cosmeticize, counterclockwise, criminalize, cross-fertilize, cut down to size, decentralize, decolonize, de-emphasize, de-energize, defeminize, deformalize, deglamorize, dehumanize, deionize, demagnetize, demobilize, democratize, demoralize, denationalize, deodorize, depersonalize, depolarize, depressurize, desensitize, destabilize, destigmatize, detribalize, devitalize, diabolize, digitalize, disenfranchise, disorganize, economize, emblematize, emotionalize, epitomize, epoxidize, eroticize, eternalize, evangelize, extemporize, externalize, familiarize, fanaticize, fictionalize, floor exercise, fool's paradise, formularize, free enterprise, gelatinize, generalize, geologize, Hispanicize, historicize, homogenize, hospitalize, hypothesize, idealize, illegalize, immobilize, immortalize, impersonalize, Indianize, indigenize, infantilize, initialize, internalize, italicize, legitimize, liberalize, literalize, lobotomize, lysogenize, macadamize, marginalize, metabolize, metastasize, militarize, mineralize, monopolize, mythologize, nationalize, naturalize, parenthesize, philosophize, poeticize, politicize, popularize, prioritize, radicalize, reorganize, revitalize, ritualize, romanticize, secularize, self-fertilize, sensualize, sexualize, sovietize, subjectivize, suburbanize, subvocalize, systematize, temporalize, theologize, traditionalize, trivialize, ventriloquize, visualize

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: prosemanPrevious Word in the Dictionary: proselytistAll Words Near: proselytize
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears