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Examples of proselytize in a Sentence
- They are a sport-shirted, discomforted lot, pacing, puffing feverishly on cigarettes, perspiring freely and proselytizing furiously. —Nicholas Dawidoff, Sports Illustrated, 19 Aug. 1991
- Mormons are urged to use their social contacts with Gentiles to proselytize, by doing such favors as babysitting, running errands, and lending lawnmowers. —Malise Ruthven, Wilson Quarterly, Spring 1991
- His prodigious correspondence with twenty-five hundred scientists, politicians, and men of letters … proselytized for his new science of statistics. —Daniel J. Boorstin, The Discoverers, 1983
He uses his position to proselytize for the causes that he supports.
the efforts of early missionaries to proselytize the Native Americans of Minnesota were largely unproductive
Recent Examples of proselytize from the Web
The challenge is to shine a light on the threat, without helping them to proselytize their views.
Neighborhood to proselytize about without ever actually visiting: Hongkou.
In the meantime, those who have boarded the crypto-train frequently proselytize to friends and family.
But religious groups already cross First Amendment boundaries to proselytize prisoners.
Orgeron was in his element Thursday night at the Tiger Tour stop in New Orleans, entertaining fans, glad-handing with prep coaches and proselytizing about all things purple and gold.
Collins regularly proselytized about the company, Innate Pharmaceuticals, to fellow House Republicans and convinced at least four of them to invest, as STAT News' Damian Garde reports.
But Muslims have no place proselytizing in Christian countries, particularly ones that have lost sight of their Christian values.
The stoop had no shade, and Jehovah's Witnesses would occasionally interrupt my breakfast to proselytize.
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Did You Know?
Proselytize comes from the noun proselyte (meaning "a new convert"), which comes from the Late Latin noun proselytus. Proselytus means "stranger" or "alien resident," and comes from a similar Greek word (prosēlytos). When proselytize entered English in the 17th century, it had a distinctly religious connotation and meant simply "to recruit religious converts." This meaning is still common, but today one can also proselytize in a broader sense - recruiting converts to one's political party or pet cause, for example.
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