• WordNet 3.6
    • n proselyte a new convert; especially a gentile converted to Judaism
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Proselyte A new convert especially a convert to some religion or religious sect, or to some particular opinion, system, or party; thus, a Gentile converted to Judaism, or a pagan converted to Christianity, is a proselyte. "Ye [Scribes and Pharisees] compass sea and land to make one proselyte .""Fresh confidence the speculatist takes
      From every harebrained proselyte he makes."
    • v. t Proselyte To convert to some religion, opinion, or system; to bring over.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n proselyte One who changes from one opinion, creed, sect, or party to another, with or without a real change in purpose and principle: chiefly used in a religious sense. Often accompanied with an adjective indicating the religion to which the change is made: as, a Jewish proselyte (that is, a proselyte to Judaism). See convert.
    • n proselyte Specifically, in Jewish hist., one who became detached from the heathen and joined a Jewish community.
    • n proselyte Synonyms Neophyte, Convert, Proselyte, etc. (see convert), catechumen.
    • proselyte To induce to become the adherent of some given doctrine, creed, sect, or party; proselytize: as, “a proselyted Jew,”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Proselyte pros′e-līt one who has come over from one religion or opinion to another: a convert, esp. one who left the heathen and joined a Jewish community
    • v.t Proselyte to convert
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  • Ezra Pound
    “The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Man is emphatically a proselytizing creature.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. proselite, OF. proselite, F. proselytus, Gr. , adj., that has come, n., a new comer, especially, one who has come over from heathenism to the Jewish religion; toward, to + (prob.) the root of to come


In literature:

He endeavored to make them proficients in science, and not the proselytes of a sect.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
He would not have gone outside for a convert; the Friends were not given to the making of proselytes.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Such gentle proselytizing as this speedily won converts, not alone among slaves but from all classes.
"A Short History of Spain" by Mary Platt Parmele
It can be no proselytizing spirit that misleads his Grace.
"Leading Articles on Various Subjects" by Hugh Miller
Conversion without conviction is hypocrisy, and a proselyte so obtained is coerced and not won.
"Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 365, March, 1846" by Various
Linnaeus adds, that such another experiment would be sufficient to make a proselyte of him.
"Storyology" by Benjamin Taylor
Surely the liberation of fellow Christians might spring from proselyte zeal.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
We are pleased with one who instantly assents to our opinions; but we love a proselyte.
"Life and Literature" by J. Purver Richardson
The proselyte to a pure diet must be warned to expect a temporary diminution of muscular strength.
"Vegetable Diet: As Sanctioned by Medical Men, and by Experience in All Ages" by William Andrus Alcott
Sophy is no proselytizer, thank God!
"Brooke's Daughter" by Adeline Sergeant

In poetry:

Spread my own joy. Therefore my songs
Like fiery prophets go,--
Make to her beauty proselytes
Mortality and woe.
"Immortal Eve - IV" by Manmohan Ghose
'Twas like a proselyte, allied to Heaven--
Or rising spirits' boast of sins forgiven,
Whose shout dissolves the adamant away
Whose melting voice the stubborn rocks obey.
"On Hearing Of The Intention Of A Gentleman To Purchase The Poet's Freedom" by George Moses Horton

In news:

Marching as to War Former Air Force Officer Mikey Weinstein Zeroes In on Proselytizing in the Military.
Proselytizing pickles isn't an easy or inexpensive thing to do, so to help promote the cause, Bullfrog and co.
Relief Missions Cope With Beijing's Rules Against Proselytizing.
I may not have been indoctrinating , but I was proselytizing.
There I was again – at a rose show – proselytizing.
Departing from a longstanding Jewish reluctance to proselytize, the leader of Reform Judaism in North America yesterday encouraged Jews to seek converts among those who do not have their own faith.
Al Qaeda-linked militants say they killed Joel Shrum for proselytizing.
Wisely, in her reports, she does not give her name or those she is proselytizing.
Amidst the hand-wring, wails of "won't somebody think of the children" and nostalgiac references to 2 Live Crew, is a whole lot of proselytizing.
Picketing and proselytizing are prohibited at San Bernardino County courthouses under an order issued Nov 19 by Presiding Judge Marsha Slough.
A Study of Conversion, Proselytization, and Maintenance of Faith.
That doesn't mean that we shouldn't take the increasing attacks on free will seriously, such as the proselytizing atheist, Sam Harris's, newest book Free Will .
That doesn't mean that we shouldn't take the increasing attacks on free will seriously, such as the proselytizing atheist, Sam Harris's, newest book Free Will.
Ray Manzarek spreads the Doors' legacy with his book and some old-fashioned Sixties proselytizing.
On Monday, Oct 12 at King's Barcade, Make, The Proselyte and Thou played an excellent show.