- 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 προσηλυτος (prosēlutos, “newcomer, convert”) (from πρό (pro, “to, towards”) and λυτός (lutos)), translation of Hebrew גר (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.