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Examples of neophyte in a Sentence
neophytes are assigned an experienced church member to guide them through their first year
Recent Examples of neophyte from the Web
In a White House with few steadying mechanisms - and one led by a Washington neophyte who bristles at structure and protocol - the daily intelligence briefing is the rare constant.
In a White House with few steadying mechanisms — and one led by a Washington neophyte who bristles at structure and protocol — the daily intelligence briefing is the rare constant.
Still, compared with her duet partner, the bassist Williams—a masterful stylist who has collaborated with everyone from Sarah Vaughan and Shirley Horn to Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock—Rosnes is practically a neophyte.
Price, a physician, is not a neophyte in the vein of Ben Carson at Housing and Urban Development, but a seasoned health-policy thinker who knows the minutiae of the major public-insurance programs and reforms.
As a neophyte, she was usually assigned to losing candidates who, aware of her specialty, were none too happy to see her coming.
Mr. Harker was no central bank neophyte when he was tapped to helm the Philadelphia Fed.
In an early sign that the president was political poison, Walz, a neophyte, deposed a six-term incumbent and strict Bush supporter in 2006.
Abraham is a neophyte, but his every instinct pushes in the direction of openness.
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Did You Know?
Neophyte is hardly a new addition to the English language (it's been part of the English vocabulary since the 1300s), but it wasn't in general use before the 19th century. When it was used in a 16th-century translation of the Bible, some folks derided it as pretentious and Latinate. One critic lumped it with other "ridiculous inkhorn terms" and another went as far as to write, "Neophyte, to a bare Englishman is nothing at all." The criticisms of "neophyte" weren't entirely justified, given the word's long history in English, but it is true that "neophyte" has classical roots. It traces back through Late Latin to the Greek neophytes, meaning "newly planted or "newly converted."
Origin and Etymology of neophyte
Middle English, from Late Latin neophytus, from Greek neophytos, from neophytos newly planted, newly converted, from ne- + phyein to bring forth — more at be
First Known Use: 14th century
NEOPHYTE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of neophyte for English Language Learners
: a person who has just started learning or doing something
: a person who has recently joined a religious group
NEOPHYTE Defined for Kids
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