Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To induce someone to convert to one's own religious faith.
  • intransitive v. To induce someone to join one's own political party or to espouse one's doctrine.
  • transitive v. To convert (a person) from one belief, doctrine, cause, or faith to another.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To encourage or induce people to join a religious movement, political party, or other cause or organization.
  • v. To convert (someone) to one’s own faith or beliefs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To make converts or proselytes.
  • transitive v. To convert to some religion, system, opinion, or the like; to bring, or cause to come, over; to proselyte.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a proselyte of; induce to become the adherent of some religion, doctrine, sect, or party; convert.
  • To make proselytes or converts.
  • Also spelled proselytise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. convert to another faith or religion

Etymologies

proselyte +‎ -ize (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Obama's disastrous interview in the Advocate - where he claimed his gay role model (a professor whose name he couldn't remember) was his role model because he didn't "proselytize" - should have sounded the alarm for the gay community before the primaries.

    Frank slams Obama for 'big mistake' on Defense of Marriage Act (updated)

  • (Dau tranh chinh tri), and "proselytizing" (van) .6 In the English language, the term proselytize means to convert from one belief or faith to another.

    POWs and Politics - Part 1

  • My guess is the latter since in the face of mounting evidence that shows the Bible is false, believers are hording together in an attempt to still convince themselves that there might be at least a shred of hope that their faith is real. southborder, no, the book has no power except as a tool to proselytize, which is not allowed in the schools and why distribution is prohibited by law.

    billingsgazette.com

  • The reason for the latter well-documented phenomenon is that the person who has lost his faith in reality has an inner need to "proselytize" and convert others in order to not feel alone in his cosmic meaninglessness.

    One Cʘsmos

  • Out of curiosity, is someone, or has someone attempted to "proselytize" you on a military base or in an occupied country?

    WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

  • Cisneros, who served in the Clinton administration, said he hopes to launch the group this year to "proselytize" the significance of immigrants and "the absolutely invaluable role they'll play in the American future."

    CNSNews.com Headlines

  • "proselytize" and "pluralism" as someone said on the radio today, are terms used to shut people up.

    BBC World Have Your Say

  • Who are we to moralize and proselytize the Chinese when our relative economic performance over recent decades has been far inferior to theirs?

    Learn From China, Don't Lecture It

  • I respect the Jehovah's Witnesses for fighting to keep the government from forcing them to violate their religious principles by saluting the flag or abridging their ability to proselytize, all valid First Amendment rights.

    Transplants and the First Amendment

  • But Chabad couples are not sent out to proselytize.

    Remembering the Terror in Mumbai

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