from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The practice of proselytizing.
  • noun The state of being a proselyte.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act or practice of making proselytes or converts to a religion or to any doctrine, creed, system, sect, or party.
  • noun Conversion to a system or creed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act or practice of proselyting; the making of converts to a religion or a religious sect, or to any opinion, system, or party.
  • noun Conversion to a religion, system, or party.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The practice of proselytizing or the state of being a proselyte

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

  • noun the state of being a proselyte; spiritual rebirth resulting from the zeal of crusading advocacy of the gospel
  • noun the practice of proselytizing


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  • Kasymova told Forum 18 on 8 April that Jehovah's Witnesses are involved in proselytism, which is prohibited.

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  • The above-described problem is quite real among progs, many of whom believe that efforts to get people to become Catholics are "proselytism"—now a dirty word—and are thus immoral.

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  • Last year, 12 Filipinos and a priest were arrested for "proselytism", after they held a secret mass in Riyadh. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Religious communities were also highly concerned by the broad definition of "proselytism", which attracted heavy penalties in the initial version of the laws.

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  • Those who conduct such "proselytism" would face up to one year's imprisonment or a fine of 500 times the minimum monthly wage.

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  • Deputy Ashotyan claims that redrafting has specified that such "proselytism" would have to be "aggressive" and

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  • The revised Article 8 of the Religion Law also bans "proselytism", defining it as sharing faith using material incentives, using "physical or psychological pressure", spreading hatred or mistrust of other faiths, using "offensive expressions" about other individuals or faiths or addressing a person without their prior consent at least twice in their home, place of work or place of rest, either in person or by telephone.

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  • Danielyan of the Collaboration for Democracy Centre, and many religious minorities, remain worried by the definition of "proselytism" and the punishments imposed for it in the revised Criminal Code Article 162.

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  • 12 Filipinos and a priest were arrested in Saudi Arabia only this month for "proselytism" for holding a secret mass.

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  • He insisted that the definition of "proselytism" is in line with a European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) case from 1993 that upheld the rights of a Jehovah's Witness, Minos Kokkinakis, who had been punished for spreading his faith in his native Greece (see MS Word text of the judgement,

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