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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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Examples for proselytizing
  • Local news outlets have turned their attention to accusations that members of humanitarian organizations were proselytizing.
  • They began proselytizing to others, sending out press releases and recruiting new believers.
  • But the subjects of this proselytizing rarely respond as desired.
  • But that would be an old-school way of proselytizing.
  • The court held that the tanning room was not exempt because no interaction with others or proselytizing occurred in there.
  • Of course, you would also run the risk of proselytizing if you can afford that.
  • Better still, there is a minimum of preaching and proselytizing.
  • He invited him to host a series of weekly talk shows on condition they be free of proselytizing.
  • It is my conviction that proselytizing should be criminalized in all public places.
  • And yes colonialism hugely helped which was of course aided by the missionary zeal of a proselytizing religion.
British Dictionary definitions for proselytizing

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 proselytizing

proselytize

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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