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proselytism

[pros-uh-li-tiz-uh m, -lahy-] /ˈprɒs ə lɪˌtɪz əm, -laɪ-/
noun
1.
the act or fact of becoming a proselyte; conversion.
2.
the state or condition of a proselyte.
3.
the practice of making proselytes.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; proselyte + -ism
Related forms
proselytical
[pros-uh-lit-i-kuh l] /ˌprɒs əˈlɪt ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples from the web for proselytism
  • The means to enforce proselytism are still less creditable to the persuasive powers of the teachers.
  • Religious minority groups, especially those viewed as engaging in proselytism, also are targeted.
  • proselytism is banned and also considered socially unacceptable.
  • They include self-justification, intolerance and proselytism.
Word Origin and History for proselytism
n.

1650s, from proselyte + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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