: the act of becoming or condition of being a proselyte : conversion
: the act or process of proselytizing

Examples of proselytism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In contrast, the other Jewish populations were formed more recently from Jews who migrated or were expelled from Palestine and from individuals who were converted to Judaism during Hellenic-Hasmonean times, when proselytism was a common Jewish practice. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 6 June 2010 Actually, proselytism itself is somewhat of a foreign concept to Orthodox Jews, as they are commanded to push away newcomers. David Harsanyi, National Review, 17 Nov. 2020 Whether the converts are repulsed by the violent forms Islam has taken in places like Syria and Afghanistan or are backing up their claims for asylum, the conversions occur quietly and rarely as a result of proselytism. Annabelle Timsit, The Atlantic, 22 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of proselytism was in 1649

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“Proselytism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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