to seek CONVERTS. The term is often used to signify conversion from one closely related religious GROUP to another; e.g. when an ANGLICAN becomes a BAPTIST.

Concise dictionary of Religion. 2012.

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  • Proselytize — Pros e*ly*tize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {proselytized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Proselytizing}.] To convert to some religion, system, opinion, or the like; to bring, or cause to come, over; to proselyte. [1913 Webster] One of those whom they endeavor to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Proselytize — Pros e*ly*tize, v. i. To make converts or proselytes. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proselytize — index convert (persuade), persuade Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • proselytize — 1670s, to make proselytes, from PROSELYTE (Cf. proselyte) + IZE (Cf. ize). Related: Proselytized; proselytizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • proselytize — (Amer.) pros·e·lyt·ize || prÉ‘sɪlɪtaɪz / prÉ’s v. convert someone to another religion or opinion; convert to another religion or faith; enlist someone to one s cause (also proselytise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • proselytize — [v] convert, espouse accept, adopt, advocate, alter conviction, approve, be born again*, cause to adopt, change belief, convince, defend, embrace, get into*, persuade, stand behind*, sway, uphold; concepts 10,12,14,35 …   New thesaurus

  • proselytize — (also proselytise) ► VERB ▪ convert from one religion, belief, or opinion to another. DERIVATIVES proselytizer noun …   English terms dictionary

  • proselytize — [präs′ə li tīz΄, präs′ə līt΄īz΄] vi., vt. proselytized, proselytizing 1. to try to convert (a person), especially to one s religion 2. to persuade to do or join something, especially by offering an inducement proselytizer n …   English World dictionary

  • proselytize — verb /ˈprɒs.əl.ɪ.taɪz,ˈprɒs.əl.ə.taɪz,ˈprɑ.sə.lɪ.taɪz,ˈprɑ.sə.lə.taɪz/ a) To encourage or induce people to join a religious movement, political party, or other cause or organization. I am not sent here to proselytize. My church is not in that… …   Wiktionary

  • proselytize — [[t]prɒ̱sɪlɪtaɪz[/t]] proselytizes, proselytizing, proselytized VERB If you proselytize, you try to persuade someone to share your beliefs, especially religious or political beliefs. [FORMAL] I assured him we didn t come here to proselytize... [V …   English dictionary

  • proselytize — UK [ˈprɒs(ə)lətaɪz] / US [ˈprɑs(ə)ləˌtaɪz] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms proselytize : present tense I/you/we/they proselytize he/she/it proselytizes present participle proselytizing past tense proselytized past participle… …   English dictionary

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