Proselytism
Proselytism Pros"e*ly*tism, n. [Cf. F. pros['e]lytisme.] 1. The act or practice of proselyting; the making of converts to a religion or a religious sect, or to any opinion, system, or party. [1913 Webster]

They were possessed of a spirit of proselytism in the most fanatical degree. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

2. Conversion to a religion, system, or party. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Proselytism — is the practice of attempting to convert people to another opinion and, particularly, another religion. The word proselytism is derived ultimately from the Greek language prefix πρός (towards) and the verb έρχομαι (I come). Incidentally,… …   Wikipedia

  • proselytism — index persuasion Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • proselytism — 1650s, from PROSELYTE (Cf. proselyte) + ISM (Cf. ism) …   Etymology dictionary

  • proselytism — [präs′ə li tiz΄əm, präs′ə līt΄iz΄əm] n. 1. the fact of becoming or being a proselyte 2. the act or practice of proselytizing …   English World dictionary

  • proselytism —    This word (from the Greek prosēlytos, meaning a convert [from Judaism]), in general, refers to the theory and practice of making converts; however, in contemporary use, proselytism often has the negative connotation of enticing converts from… …   Glossary of theological terms

  • proselytism — 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

  • proselytism — noun Date: circa 1660 1. the act of becoming or condition of being a proselyte ; conversion 2. the act or process of proselytizing …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • proselytism — proselytical /pros euh lit i keuhl/, adj. /pros euh li tiz euhm, luy /, n. 1. the act or fact of becoming a proselyte; conversion. 2. the state or condition of a proselyte. 3. the practice of making proselytes. [1650 60; PROSELYTE + ISM] * * * …   Universalium

  • proselytism — noun The practice of proselytizing or the state of being a proselyte , See Also: proselyte, proselytic, proselytisation, proselytization, proselytise, proselytize, proselytiser, proselytizer …   Wiktionary

  • proselytism — pros·e·lyt·ism || prÉ‘sɪlɪtɪzm / prÉ’s n. conversion to another religion or opinion …   English contemporary dictionary

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