- The definition of a proselyte is a person who switches from one belief or religion to another.
An example of a proselyte is a Christian who becomes a Muslim.
Origin of proselyteMiddle English proselite ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin proselytus ; from Classical Greek prosēlytos, stranger, sojourner (in New Testament , a convert) ; from 2d aorist stem of proserchesthai, to come ; from pros, toward + erchesthai, to come, akin to orcheisthai: see orchestra
verbpros·e·lyt·ed, pros·e·lyt·ing, pros·e·lytes
Origin of proselyteMiddle English proselite, from Old French, from Late Latin prosēlytus, from Greek prosēlutos, stranger, proselyte : pros-, pros- + , ēluth- aorist tense stem of erkhesthai, to go.
(third-person singular simple present proselytes, present participle proselyting, simple past and past participle proselyted)
- To proselytize.
From Middle English proselite, from Late Latin proselutus (proselytus, “proselyte, alien resident"), from Ancient Greek Ï€ÏÎ¿ÏƒÎ·Î»Ï…Ï„Î¿Ï‚ (prosÄ“lutos, “newcomer, convert") (from Ï€ÏÏŒ (pro, “to, towards") and Î»Ï…Ï„ÏŒÏ‚ (lutos)), translation of Hebrew ×’×¨ (ger) in the Septuagint translation of the Torah (e.g., Exodus 12:49); also used in Matthew 23:15, Acts 2:10, Acts 6:5.