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[pros-uh-li-tahyz] /ˈprɒs ə lɪˌtaɪz/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), proselytized, proselytizing.
to convert or attempt to convert as a proselyte; recruit.
Origin of proselytize
1670-80; proselyte + -ize
Related forms
[pros-uh-li-tis-tik, -lahy-] /ˌprɒs ə lɪˈtɪs tɪk, -laɪ-/ (Show IPA),
proselytization, noun
proselytizer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for proselytize
  • The bands share a fascination with the laws of attraction, and both proselytize the art of letting go.
  • Certainly not because they do not in general proselytize for converts.
  • Show your fire and proselytize with white hot intensity.
  • Politics are rampant in your articles and you proselytize as much as an evangelical and your religion apparently is blind science.
  • Its fans are thrilled to have discovered music so lofty and serene, and often proselytize for it.
  • Newspaper owners proselytize business sense to their.
  • Early on, chaplains learn not to proselytize or offer glib answers to searching questions.
  • Bay is not the only big-time director having to proselytize.
  • Some in the television industry continue to proselytize for fewer but better ads.
  • It is the hallmark of the true enthusiast that he is wont to proselytize.
British Dictionary definitions for proselytize


to convert (someone) from one religious faith to another
Derived Forms
proselytization, proselytisation, noun
proselytizer, proselytiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for proselytize

1670s, "to make proselytes," from proselyte + -ize. Related: Proselytized; proselytizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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