proselyte

noun
pros·​e·​lyte | \ˈprä-sə-ˌlīt \

Definition of proselyte 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a new convert (as to a faith or cause)

proselyte

verb
proselyted; proselyting

Definition of proselyte (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms for proselyte

Synonyms: Noun

convert, neophyte

Synonyms: Verb

convert, proselytize

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Examples of proselyte in a Sentence

Noun

an adult proselyte who had only recently been baptized

Verb

she's been trying to proselyte everyone in the office ever since she joined that church

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Enter proselytes in acetate eyeglasses and Rosie Pope workwear, drawn by listservs like Brooklynitos and Fort Greene Kids and BoCoCa Moms (BoCoCa being an acronym for three adjacent Brooklyn neighborhoods). Sonja Sharp, latimes.com, "At a bar in Brooklyn, would-be foster parents ponder the ethics of taking in migrant children," 27 June 2018 Rashi concludes that the text, therefore, must refer to a ger, a proselyte, who has died leaving no next of kin among the Jewish people. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Jewish Journal, "Weiss: God's special love for the convert," 30 May 2017 In order to understand this idea, the special relationship between God and the proselyte must be examined. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Jewish Journal, "Weiss: God's special love for the convert," 30 May 2017 The law of gezel ha-ger (stealing from a proselyte) reminds us that the Torah was given to all Jews — including converts. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Jewish Journal, "Weiss: God's special love for the convert," 30 May 2017

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First Known Use of proselyte

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1624, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for proselyte

Noun

Middle English proselite, from Anglo-French prosilite, from Late Latin proselytus proselyte, alien resident, from Greek prosēlytos, from pros near + -ēlytos (akin to ēlythe he went) — more at pros-, elastic

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