• WordNet 3.6
    • n neophyte a new convert being taught the principles of Christianity by a catechist
    • n neophyte any new participant in some activity
    • n neophyte a plant that is found in an area where it had not been recorded previously
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Neophyte A new convert or proselyte; -- a name given by the early Christians, and still given by the Roman Catholics, to such as have recently embraced the Christian faith, and been admitted to baptism, esp. to converts from heathenism or Judaism.
    • Neophyte A novice; a tyro; a beginner in anything.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • neophyte Newly entered on some state; having the character of a novice.
    • n neophyte A new convert; one newly initiated. Specifically— In the primitive church, one newly baptized. These formed a distinct class in the church; at first, because of the reference in 1 Tim. iii. 6 to a novice, they were regarded as unfit for ecclesiastical office.
    • n neophyte In the Roman Catholic Church, a converted heathen, heretic, etc.
    • n neophyte Occasionally in the Roman Catholic Church, a novice.
    • n neophyte A tiro; a beginner in learning.
    • n neophyte Synonyms Proselyte, Apostate, etc. See convert.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Neophyte nē′ō-fīt a new convert, one newly baptised or admitted to the priesthood, or to a monastery, a novice: a tyro or beginner
    • adj Neophyte newly admitted or entered on office
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. neophytis, Gr. neo`fytos, prop., newly planted; ne`os new + fyto`s grown, fyto`n that which has grown, a plant, fr. fy`ein to grow: cf. F. néophyte,. See New, and Be


In literature:

In our presence he administered the oath to two of the neophytes of the society.
"The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 3, February, 1851" by Various
By this means they secured the attachment of the neophytes, and retained most of their conversions.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
He also mentions elsewhere that the neophytes, after baptism, were given a draught of milk and honey.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
The Indian neophytes were in no way bettered by the wealth they created.
"Bruin" by Mayne Reid
Her eyes seemed to transcend the stars, and her face might have served for a young neophyte.
"Leerie" by Ruth Sawyer
There was talk in California of the rights of man and neophytes, and of the sins of friars.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1" by Various
Nor did she examine her conscience arduously like a Catholic neophyte.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
The Regent was full of kindness towards our neophyte.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 2 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
Have not large numbers of them, persecuted by the Roman Emperors, undergone martyrdom, like any other neophytes?
"The Casque's Lark" by Eugène Sue
One of the survivors was a neophyte named Othon, whose story follows.
"The Aboriginal Population of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, California" by S. F. Cook

In poetry:

"O Prince, 'tis but the neophyte
Who scorns this humble novelette
You watch me reading, un-contrite--
Not to remember--but forget."
"Ballade Of Reading Bad Books" by Richard Le Gallienne
I through the years had sought to hide
My darkening doubts from simple sight.
'Tis sacrilegious to deride
Faith of unquestioning neophyte.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Neophyte Tippi Hedren wasn't just acting frightened when her character was under attack in The Birds.
Murdoch then vetoed two family nominations before agreeing to Natalie Bancroft, a 27-year-old opera singer and journalism neophyte.
Event neophyte breaks six-year-old mark.
Butler facing political neophyte in Assembly race.
Chronicles of a juicing/smoothie neophyte .
INTERVIEWS Bon Iver's Virgin Diaries: Inside the Grammy Neophyte 's Big Weekend.
The Romney campaign unveiled a new ad today, "Secretary of Business", casting President Obama as a business neophyte and touting Romney's business savvy as the cure for what ails the American economy.
For neophytes, Buffy 's death is even better news.
Specifically, you should sign up for Code Year, a new project that aims to teach neophytes the basics of programming over the course of 2012.
Thomas Turgoose gives an extraordinary debut performance as a neophyte skinhead.
"I was a neophyte cook," she says.
Remember when Alex Rodriguez hit two homers against lefty Royals neophyte Will Smith a week ago at Yankee Stadium.
"If this is your first time at the Pow -Wow …" she was saying, instructing the neophytes.
Are you a Dylanologist or a neophyte.
The future of the neophyte e-currency, once all the rage, now faces uncertainty.