Definition of proselytize
1 : to induce someone to convert to one's faith
2 : to recruit someone to join one's party, institution, or cause
: to recruit or convert especially to a new faith, institution, or cause
proselytizationplay \ˌprä-s(ə-)lə-tə-ˈzā-shən, ˌprä-sə-ˌlī-tə-\ noun
proselytizerplay \ˈprä-s(ə-)lə-ˌtī-zər\ noun
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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
But the one inviolable rule is that they are not allowed to proselytize.
AKRON, Ohio -- Akron Children's Hospital CEO Bill Considine is proselytizing about the effect of the American Health Care Act on children.
Alarmed by the possibility of an American public that could learn to live without sugar, the industry founded the Sugar Research Foundation to proselytize its benefits.
Larung Gar has become one of the most influential institutions in the Tibetan world, the teachings of its senior monks praised, debated and proselytized from here to the Himalayas.
In India, the Buddhist convert King Ashoka, who died around 238 B.C., proselytized his faith through sets of edicts that were carved in Brahmi script onto various cliff-faces and pillars.
These savages have so far only figured out how to use the internet to proselytize …
The Christians most motivated to turn out with signs and aggressively proselytize emphasized neither love nor forgiveness nor food for the hungry nor clothes for the naked.
His hard-line immigration stance clashes with the more merciful views of the church, many of whose members have served proselytizing missions in Latin America.
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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.
PROSELYTIZE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of proselytize for English Language Learners
: to try to persuade people to join a religion, cause, or group
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