proselyte late 14c., from O.Fr. proselite (13c.), from L.L. proselytus (c.200), from Gk. proselytos "convert (to Judaism), stranger, one who has come over," lit. "having arrived," from second aorist stem of proserkhesthai, from proti "toward" + root of eleusesthai "to be going to come;" related to ne-elys "new-comer." Originally in English "a Gentile converted to Judaism" (late 14c.).

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  • Proselyte — Proselyte, from the Koine Greek προσήλυτος/proselytos , is used in the Septuagint for stranger , i.e. a newcomer to Israel ; [] and in the New Testament ( [ bin/ Strong s G4339] ) for a convert… …   Wikipedia

  • Proselyte — • As used in the New Testament, a convert to Judaism Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Proselyte     Proselyte     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • proselyte — PROSELYTE. ad. de tout genre. Terme pris du grec, & qui signifie proprement Estranger; mais qui se prend dans l Escriture & chez les Escrivains Ecclesiastiques pour un Homme qui a passé du Paganisme à la Religion Judaïque. Un Grec proselyte. Il s …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Proselyte — Pros e*lyte, n. [OE. proselite, OF. proselite, F. proselytus, Gr. ?, adj., that has come, n., a new comer, especially, one who has come over from heathenism to the Jewish religion; ? toward, to + (prob.) the root of ? to come.] A new convert… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Proselyte — Pros e*lyte, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Proselyted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Proselyting}.] To convert to some religion, opinion, or system; to bring over. Dr. H. More. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proselyte — index partisan, persuade Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • proselyte — *convert …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • proselyte — ► NOUN 1) a convert from one opinion, religion, or party to another. 2) a Gentile who has converted to Judaism. DERIVATIVES proselytism noun. ORIGIN Greek pros luthos stranger, convert …   English terms dictionary

  • proselyte — [präs′ə līt΄] n. [ME proselite < LL(Ec) proselytus < Gr prosēlytos, stranger, sojourner (in N.T., a convert) < 2d aorist stem of proserchesthai, to come < pros, toward + erchesthai, to come, akin to orcheisthai: see ORCHESTRA] a… …   English World dictionary

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