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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
Although the New York session marks Pompeo’s third sit-down with Kim Yong Chol, a four-star general who is North Korea’s former spy chief, Pompeo is a neophyte in nuclear diplomacy.
Do residents want someone with a law enforcement background, someone with business experience, someone with political experience, or a political neophyte with fresh new ideas?
Rather than run a tough campaign against the neophyte in a county that voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton, Costello threw in the towel.
The rise of Trump, the embodiment of an outsider, also inspired a more heated political environment and a sense of opportunity for political neophytes in Maryland and beyond.
Fairs are a great opportunity to get exposure to all kinds of art, especially for neophytes who might otherwise find walking into a private gallery intimidating.
Three-plus years of running every day may sound like a long time but Taricani is a neophyte of sorts.
Part of my job is asserting myself (and trying to be seen) as a grown-up professional, as opposed to a hungry neophyte.
Lamar uses his master powers to make the precious neophyte's journey as tough as possible before meeting face-to-face while meditating in mid-air.
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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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