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
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.
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.
Yet despite Benedict’s efforts to proselytize, the python barely made its way into the labs of other physiologists.
In 2011, a policy sought to stop organizations from bothering patients by proselytizing to them, after complaints surfaced that visitors from some groups were persistent and occasionally threatening.
The policy was meant to stop benevolent organizations from bothering patients by proselytizing to them, after complaints surfaced that visitors from some groups were persistent and occasionally even threatening.
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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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