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- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpɹɒs.əl.ɪ.taɪz/, /ˈpɹɒs.əl.ə.taɪz/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈpɹɑ.sə.lɪ.taɪz/, /ˈpɹɑ.sə.lə.taɪz/
- (transitive, intransitive) To advertise one’s religious beliefs; to convert (someone) to one’s own faith or religious movement or encourage them to do so.
- One of those whom they endeavour to proselytize.
- 1909, Ralph Connor, The Foreigner, ch. 14:
- “I am not sent here to proselytize. My church is not in that business.”
- 2001, Douglas Waller, “A Terror Threat From The South”, Time, 10 Dec.:
- Counterterrorism officials believe bin Laden has set up cells to proselytize the large Middle East expatriate population living in the area.
- It is illegal to proselytize [children] in some countries
- (by extension, transitive, intransitive) To advertise a non-religious belief, way of living, cause, point of view, (scientific) hypothesis, social or other position, political party, or other organization; to convince someone to join such a cause or organization or support such a position; to recruit someone.
convert to one’s own faith
induce people to join a cause