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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
The same is true of Mr Rauner, another political neophyte, who defeated Pat Quinn, the incumbent Democratic governor, and personally contributed $28m to the $65.3m, or $36 a vote, that his campaign cost.
To a comic book neophyte, Marvel can be a bit inaccessible.
The 88-year-old endorsed his son, political neophyte John Conyers III.
And Alicia McCarthy, hardly a neophyte after some 20 years on the alternative scene, found a broader public with a solo show at Berggruen Gallery and a featured spot in the 2017 SECA Art Award exhibition at SFMOMA.
The story, peopled by characters created in a galaxy far, far away by George Lucas, is easy to grasp even for neophytes: The old Empire has crumbled and the fascist First Order has risen in its wake.
Almost all of the candidates in both parties are neophytes to elective office.
Even scientific neophytes will be hooked on Neil deGrasse Tyson’s work, which translates erudite and often opaque realms of science into engaging and enjoyable reads.
Even neophyte hunters generally know that animals move to feeding areas during early morning and late evening hours.
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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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