V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: to convert or try to convert someone to a different religion

Synonyms: convert, convince, indoctrinate, influence, persuade, change, proselyte


Tips: Proselytize is derived from the Greek proselytos, which means "convert a stranger." The word was originally only used when people were converted to Judaism. Now, it is used for any religion and can also be used to describe a change in political philosophies or doctrines. The very similar word proselyte is also a synonym of proselytize, as well as a noun, meaning "a new convert."

Usage Examples:

The missionary tried to proselytize people to her religion. (convert)

The cult members tried to proselytize the young, college student. (influence, convince)

The man proselytized to Islam after falling in love with a Muslim woman. (converted, changed)

The preacher tries to proselytize visitors to his church. (indoctrinate, influence, convert)

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