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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
Believe it, though: Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is a fun and engaging introduction to the tactical RPG genre that can please neophytes and veterans alike.
To protect the diving neophyte during the feeding frenzy, the dive masters had strict rules about reaching or moving past a special guard rail.
The application process is beyond easy — even a total hair color neophyte can do it.
DeShone Kizer says being thrown into the fire has allowed him to get 'comfortable pretty fast' BEREA, Ohio -- DeShone Kizer is no longer the wide-eyed, head-spinning neophyte that showed up for rookie minicamp and couldn't bark out the plays.
Unlike Higgins, who Republicans might be inclined to write off as a neophyte and backbencher, King holds significant power due to his close ties with House right-wingers and Trump.
But foreign policy experts still worry that Trump—a political neophyte highly susceptible to flattery—will be easily outmaneuvered by Putin, a former K.G.B. officer with decades of experience in global affairs.
And the Senate has probably never had a majority leader as effective at accomplishing his goals as Mitch McConnell—making even Lyndon Johnson look like a neophyte in comparison.
Friess spends the mandatory racers' meeting on the eve of the race basically trying to scare off neophytes and runners ill-prepared for the perilous demands — difficult terrain, potential wildlife encounters — of the 24-mile journey.
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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."
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