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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
Now Pederson and McDermott, as head coaching neophytes, are holding their own and then some.
The neophyte shocked the Democratic establishment by nearly beating then-state Sen. Mark Herring in the 2013 primary.
But the mundane challenges of governing — and a series of public relations missteps — have dragged the political neophyte swiftly down to earth.
The Democratic contest has attracted a mix of veteran politicians and political neophytes.
With more neophytes riding the rails, a fresh lesson in transit etiquette is called for.
But McConnell and Ryan aren't exactly Beltway neophytes either.
In June the ruling duo sacked the interior minister and replaced him with a loyal political neophyte.
But the unusual infusion of political neophytes has set off a tempest, stoking fears of a bitter partisan debate on national issues infiltrating the business of running the town and provoking some incendiary reactions.
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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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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