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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 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
neophyte
"new convert," c.1550, from L.L. neophytus, from Gk. neophytos, lit. "newly planted," from neos "new" + -phytos "planted," verbal adj. of phyein "cause to grow, beget, plant." Church sense is from I Tim. iii.6. Rare before 19c. General sense of "one who is new to any subject" is first recorded 1599.
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