pros·​e·​lyte | \ ˈprä-sə-ˌlīt How to pronounce proselyte (audio) \

Definition of proselyte

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


proselyted; proselyting

Definition of proselyte (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms: Noun

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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 Christian Angermayer is an unlikely proselyte of psychedelia: The German financier didn’t drink so much as a sip of beer for the first three decades of his life. Meghana Keshavan, Scientific American, "The Psychedelics Evangelist: A German Financier Wants to Turn Magic Mushrooms into Modern Medicine," 9 July 2019 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,, "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


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1624, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for proselyte


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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“Proselyte.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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