Definition of proselytize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprɒsɪlɪtʌɪz/
(also proselytise)


[with object]
1Convert or attempt to convert (someone) from one religion, belief, or opinion to another: the programme did have a tremendous evangelical effect, proselytizing many [no object]: proselytizing for converts (as noun proselytizing) no amount of proselytizing was going to change their minds
More example sentences
  • Nevertheless, we are not required to proselytize and attempt to convert others to Judaism, since a good non-Jew is spiritually better off than a bad Jew…
  • They have every right to engage in proselytizing, but before they begin proselytizing Jews, I wish they knew a lot more about Judaism.
  • She was aggressively proselytized by local church authorities and told that she would never see her lost children if she didn't convert and accept baptism.
evangelize, convert, seek/make converts, bring to God/Christ, bring into the fold, spread the gospel/word (to), propagandize, preach (to), win over, recruit;
1.1Advocate or promote (a belief or course of action): Davis wanted to share his concept and proselytize his ideas
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  • Both the IOC and FIFA have embraced and proselytised the central tenet that a belief in the positive values of sport is at the heart of their purpose and their success.
  • He interrupts the sermon to proselytize his own beliefs - a system he characterizes by saying nothing.
  • And during the same period, he was actively proselytizing a concept of the artist as a paradigmatic example of actively chosen personal freedom.
promote, present, spread, proclaim, peddle, propound, preach, back, urge, suggest, support, advocate, endorse, champion, sponsor, espouse, advance, further, assist, aid, help, contribute to, foster, boost



Example sentences
  • I await with bated breath their similar proselytization of the Christian Easter festivities.
  • His combination of scientific method, confident proselytization, and field experience - as a soldier in both world wars and a journalist in Latin American brush fire wars - was convincing, and his idea gained extraordinary currency.
  • Diplomacy, proselytization, trade, credit, and currency exchange all require that the units share some common social understanding of themselves, their relationship, and their activity.


Pronunciation: /ˈprɒsɪlɪtʌɪzə/
Example sentences
  • Will annoying street corner speakers, preachers, and proselytizers next be relegated to chat rooms alone?
  • Like a religion bent on enlarging its congregation, it has a huge phalanx of proselytizers - who call themselves not missionaries but educators.
  • The proselytizers could point to the Canadian Charter of Rights as the secular scripture that protects any religious expression that doesn't threaten freedom and democracy.

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