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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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British Dictionary definitions for neophytes

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 neophytes

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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