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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 neophytic

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 neophytic
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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