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proselytize

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

Simple Definition of proselytize

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of proselytize

proselytizedproselytizing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to induce someone to convert to one's faith

  3. 2 :  to recruit someone to join one's party, institution, or cause

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to recruit or convert especially to a new faith, institution, or cause

proselytization play \ˌprä-s(ə-)lə-tə-ˈzā-shən, ˌprä-sə-ˌlī-tə-\ noun
proselytizer play \ˈprä-s(ə-)lə-ˌtī-zər\ noun

Examples of proselytize in a sentence

  1. They are a sport-shirted, discomforted lot, pacing, puffing feverishly on cigarettes, perspiring freely and proselytizing furiously. —Nicholas Dawidoff, Sports Illustrated, 19 Aug. 1991

  2. Mormons are urged to use their social contacts with Gentiles to proselytize, by doing such favors as babysitting, running errands, and lending lawnmowers. —Malise Ruthven, Wilson Quarterly, Spring 1991

  3. His prodigious correspondence with twenty-five hundred scientists, politicians, and men of letters … proselytized for his new science of statistics. —Daniel J. Boorstin, The Discoverers, 1983

  4. He uses his position to proselytize for the causes that he supports.

  5. <the efforts of early missionaries to proselytize the Native Americans of Minnesota were largely unproductive>



Did You Know?

Proselytize comes from the noun proselyte (meaning "a new convert"), which comes from the Late Latin noun proselytus. Proselytus means "stranger" or "alien resident," and comes from a similar Greek word (prosēlytos). When proselytize entered English in the 17th century, it had a distinctly religious connotation and meant simply "to recruit religious converts." This meaning is still common, but today one can also proselytize in a broader sense - recruiting converts to one's political party or pet cause, for example.

Origin of proselytize

(see 1proselyte)


First Known Use: 1679

Rhymes with proselytize

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