from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A new convert to a doctrine or religion.
- transitive v. To proselytize (a person).
- intransitive v. To engage in proselytization.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One who has recently converted to a religion or doctrine, especially a gentile converted to Judaism.
- v. To proselytize.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- transitive v. To convert to some religion, opinion, or system; to bring over.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. Specifically, in Jewish hist., one who became detached from the heathen and joined a Jewish community.
- n. Synonyms Neophyte, Convert, Proselyte, etc. (see convert), catechumen.
- To induce to become the adherent of some given doctrine, creed, sect, or party; proselytize: as, “a proselyted Jew,”
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a new convert; especially a gentile converted to Judaism
Middle English proselite, from Old French, from Late Latin prosēlytus, from Greek prosēlutos, stranger, proselyte : pros-, pros- + , ēluth- aorist tense stem of erkhesthai, to go.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English proselite, from Late Latin proselutus (proselytus, "proselyte, alien resident"), from Ancient Greek προσηλυτος (proselytos, "newcomer, convert") (from πρό (pro, "to, towards") and lytós), translation of Hebrew גר (ger) in the Septuagint translation of the Torah (e.g., Exodus 12:49); also used in Matthew 23:15, Acts 2:10, Acts 6:5. (Wiktionary)