proselytism

noun
pros·​e·​ly·​tism | \ ˈprä-sə-ˌlī-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce proselytism (audio) , ˈprä-s(ə-)lə- How to pronounce proselytism (audio) \

Definition of proselytism

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

Examples of proselytism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of proselytism

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Proselytism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proselytism. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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