Proselyte Pros"e*lyte, n. [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.] 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. [1913 Webster]

Ye [Scribes and Pharisees] compass sea and land to make one proselyte. --Matt. xxiii. 15. [1913 Webster]

Fresh confidence the speculatist takes From every harebrained proselyte he makes. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

Syn: See {Convert}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • prosélyte — [ prɔzelit ] n. • 1553; proselite XIIIe; lat. ecclés. proselytus, gr. prosêlutos « nouveau venu dans un pays » 1 ♦ Hist. hébr. Païen converti au judaïsme. « ces convertis (prosélytes) étaient peu considérés et traités avec dédain » (Renan). 2 ♦… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Proselyte — Proselyte, from the Koine Greek προσήλυτος/proselytos , is used in the Septuagint for stranger , i.e. a newcomer to Israel ; [] and in the New Testament ( [ bin/ Strong s G4339] ) for a convert… …   Wikipedia

  • Proselyte — • As used in the New Testament, a convert to Judaism Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Proselyte     Proselyte     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • proselyte — PROSELYTE. ad. de tout genre. Terme pris du grec, & qui signifie proprement Estranger; mais qui se prend dans l Escriture & chez les Escrivains Ecclesiastiques pour un Homme qui a passé du Paganisme à la Religion Judaïque. Un Grec proselyte. Il s …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Proselyte — Pros e*lyte, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Proselyted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Proselyting}.] To convert to some religion, opinion, or system; to bring over. Dr. H. More. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proselyte — index partisan, persuade Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • proselyte — late 14c., from O.Fr. proselite (13c.), from L.L. proselytus (c.200), from Gk. proselytos convert (to Judaism), stranger, one who has come over, lit. having arrived, from second aorist stem of proserkhesthai, from proti toward + root of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • proselyte — *convert …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • proselyte — ► NOUN 1) a convert from one opinion, religion, or party to another. 2) a Gentile who has converted to Judaism. DERIVATIVES proselytism noun. ORIGIN Greek pros luthos stranger, convert …   English terms dictionary

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