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proselytize

[pros-uh-li-tahyz] /ˈprɒs ə lɪˌtaɪz/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), proselytized, proselytizing.
1.
to convert or attempt to convert as a proselyte; recruit.
Also, especially British, proselytise.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; proselyte + -ize
Related forms
proselytistic
[pros-uh-li-tis-tik, -lahy-] /ˌprɒs ə lɪˈtɪs tɪk, -laɪ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
proselytization, noun
proselytizer, noun
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  • 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

proselytize

/ˈprɒsɪlɪˌtaɪz/
verb
1.
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
v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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