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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
- 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
One faction is led by Roger Ver, a very early funder of Bitcoin startups who has relentlessly proselytized for the technology since 2011.
Shannon has proselytized about such beliefs before.
Best then, to use the campaign to proselytize for the party’s economic vision, and let Trump’s deficiencies speak for themselves.
Neighborhood to proselytize about without ever actually visiting: Hongkou.
At the same time, Islamic State leaves in its wake radicalized youth and an extensive internet network still actively recruiting new jihadists and proselytizing an extremist ideology.
Conservative media's frequent homogeneity can be a proselytizing asset, especially in helping Second Amendment diehards fend off gun control pushes.
There is the Oscar-winning actor who unabashedly proselytizes about the usefulness of the machines (Tom Hanks).
The challenge is to shine a light on the threat, without helping them to proselytize their views.
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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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