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neophyte

[nee-uh-fahyt] /ˈni əˌfaɪt/
noun
1.
a beginner or novice:
He's a neophyte at chess.
2.
Roman Catholic Church. a novice.
3.
a person newly converted to a belief, as a heathen, heretic, or nonbeliever; proselyte.
4.
Primitive Church. a person newly baptized.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Late Latin neophytus newly planted < Greek neóphytos. See neo-, -phyte
Related forms
neophytic
[nee-uh-fit-ik] /ˌni əˈfɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
neophytish
[nee-uh-fahy-tish] /ˈni əˌfaɪ tɪʃ/ (Show IPA),
adjective
neophytism
[nee-uh-fahy-tiz-uh m] /ˈni ə faɪˌtɪz əm/ (Show IPA),
noun
Synonyms
1. greenhorn, tyro.
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Examples from the web for neophyte
  • Anyone but a neophyte, however, will find many of the selections quite familiar.
  • Pitching a tent can be frustrating for seasoned and neophyte campers alike.
  • This article was written by a neophyte and is so biased it is pathetic.
  • It's the quickest way for a neophyte investor to get burned.
  • It proved a defining day for the neophyte candidate.
  • But despite his ambition, he was a neophyte manager, and bank after bank turned him down.
  • This may be the work of an old master, but it pulses with the enthusiasm of a love-struck neophyte.
  • It was one of the first so-called gourmet dishes that neophyte cooks learned to prepare for special occasions.
  • There are a few online communities that have a lot of neophyte programmers who are teaching each other to program games.
  • If elevating a neophyte whom he can influence seems a more plausible route, that's okay too.
British Dictionary definitions for neophyte

neophyte

/ˈniːəʊˌfaɪt/
noun
1.
a person newly converted to a religious faith
2.
(RC Church) a novice in a religious order
3.
a novice or beginner
Derived Forms
neophytic (ˌniːəʊˈfɪtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C16: via Church Latin from New Testament Greek neophutos recently planted, from neos new + phuton a plant
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Word Origin and History for neophyte
n.

"new convert," 1550s, from Ecclesiastical Latin neophytus, from Greek neophytos "a new convert," noun use of adjective meaning "newly initiated, newly converted," literally "newly planted," from neos "new" (see new) + phytos "grown; planted," verbal adjective of phyein "cause to grow, beget, plant" (see physic). Church sense is from I Tim. iii:6. Rare before 19c. General sense of "one who is new to any subject" is first recorded 1590s.

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