proselyte

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From Old French proselite, from Late Latin proselutus ‎(proselytus, proselyte, alien resident), from Ancient Greek προσήλυτος ‎(prosḗlutos, newcomer, convert) (from πρός ‎(prós, to, towards) and the stem -ηλυ- of ἐλήλυθα, perfect of ἔρχομαι ‎(érkhomai, come)), 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.

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proselyte ‎(plural proselytes)

  1. One who has recently converted to a religion or doctrine, especially a gentile converted to Judaism.
    • King James Bible, Matthew 23:15:
      Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

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proselyte ‎(third-person singular simple present proselytes, present participle proselyting, simple past and past participle proselyted)

  1. (transitive) To proselytize.

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Adjective[edit]

prosēlyte

  1. vocative masculine singular of prosēlytus