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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
As Trump himself proved, being a political neophyte can be an asset when the electorate is disillusioned with politics.
Still, the stakes are unbelievably high for two geopolitical neophytes.
The trouble with rich neophytes, explains Mr Mooney, is that they are not properly vetted.
Sydney is a political neophyte, hoping to break the stranglehold of entrenched interests that’s choking democracy and enabling the kleptocrats.
Ahead of the show’s premiere, Holden Jones spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about her journey from Corman factory neophyte to TV showrunner.
Alsobrooks and Edwards will face state Sen. C. Anthony Muse (D-Prince George’s), former Obama administration official Paul Monteiro and Lewis S. Johnson, a political neophyte, in the June 26 primary.
Medina lost on Tuesday to a political neophyte, paralegal Monica Alcantara Ramirez.
There truly is no end to the extraordinary behavior on show from the various villains, incompetents, bewildered neophytes, and absolute nincompoops in Donald Trump's orbit.
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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
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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