Definitions for proselyteˈprɒs əˌlaɪt
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
pros•e•lyteˈprɒs əˌlaɪt(n.; v.)-lyt•ed, -lyt•ing.
(n.)a person who has changed from one opinion, religious belief, sect, or the like to another; convert.
Origin of proselyte:
1325–75; ME < LL prosēlytus < Gk (Septuagint) prosḗlytos newcomer, proselyte, n. der. of Gk prosēly-, s., in n. derivation, of prosérchesthai to come, go to
a new convert; especially a gentile converted to Judaism
One who has recently converted to a religion or doctrine, especially a gentile converted to Judaism.
Origin: From proselite, from proselutus, from προσηλυτος (from πρό and λυτός), translation of גר in the Septuagint translation of the Torah (e.g., Exodus 12:49); also used in Matthew 23:15, Acts 2:10, Acts 6:5.
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
to convert to some religion, opinion, or system; to bring over
The biblical term "proselyte" is an anglicization of the Koine Greek term προσήλυτος/proselytos, as used in the Greek Old Testament for "stranger", i.e. a "newcomer to Israel"; a "sojourner in the land", and in the Greek New Testament for a first century convert to Judaism, generally from Ancient Greek religion. It is a translation of the Biblical Hebrew phrase גר תושב/ger toshav. Proselyte also has the more general meaning in English of a new convert to any particular religion or doctrine, also known as Proselytism.
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