Definition of proselytize in English:



  • 1 Convert or attempt to convert (someone) from one religion, belief, or opinion to another.

    ‘the program did have a tremendous evangelical effect, proselytizing many’
    [no object] ‘proselytizing for converts’
    ‘no amount of proselytizing was going to change their minds’
    • ‘This is likely to occur in tandem with growth in adherence to another tradition, and this in turn may involve the universalizing or proselytizing character of the other tradition.’
    • ‘But he's careful not to proselytise, to seek converts to the Sikh tradition.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They have every right to engage in proselytizing, but before they begin proselytizing Jews, I wish they knew a lot more about Judaism.’
    • ‘The games present a dilemma for a proselytising church with 60,000 international missionaries.’
    • ‘I do think that in the current era I follow His Holiness, the Dalai Lama in thinking that it is not correct or necessary, or even beneficial, to proselytise Buddhism and like convert America to Buddhism or something, as a religion.’
    • ‘The Academy has been fighting controversies over the past two years, including allegations that evangelical Christians on campus have been overzealous in proselytizing other students.’
    • ‘I don't want to proselytize him like he's done to me.’
    • ‘Most religions tend to proselytize and to accept or encourage marriages with converts, resulting in quite large, genetically diverse populations.’
    • ‘Hunters are even proselytizing women, our primordial gatherers, so that the whole family can go a-shooting.’
    • ‘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…’
    • ‘North America attracted the English Crown as a forward base to attack Spain's possessions, and the Church of England fitfully heeded biblical imperatives to proselytize the heathen.’
    • ‘Only eccentrics and proselytising zealots can welcome such advances without trepidation.’
    • ‘Its commitment to open proselytizing and open dissemination of ideas through the printed word was conceivable only in the relatively liberal atmosphere that prevailed in the early days of the July Monarchy.’
    • ‘An individual can convert without having been proselytized; proselytizing, however, is a natural accompaniment to conversion.’
    • ‘Today's evangelicals, like 16 th-century Protestants, seek to proselytize and convert in ways that today's mainline largely does not.’
    • ‘A central plank of this policy is that the sharing of personal belief ‘must not include proselytising (seeking to convert) others about a particular faith’.’
    • ‘Christianity, Islam, and Sikhism were all proselytizing religions, with active mechanisms for conversion; Hinduism was not.’
    • ‘One of the ways the US came to deal with this in a practical manner has been this: churches didn't pay taxes and in return they didn't expect the government to proselytise for them.’
    • ‘And since they rely on channels of sociality beyond their immediate context, chains model the idea of proselytising.’
    evangelize, convert, make converts, seek converts, bring to christ, bring to god, bring into the fold, spread the gospel/word, spread the gospel to, spread the word to, propagandize, win over, recruit
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    1. 1.1Advocate or promote (a belief or course of action)
      ‘Davis wanted to share his concept and proselytize his ideas’
      • ‘It's to educate and not indoctrinate, to present and not proselytize.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Alone among his august superstar peers, he is famed for proselytising about new artists.’
      • ‘He interrupts the sermon to proselytize his own beliefs - a system he characterizes by saying nothing.’
      • ‘He should ask the parents of 12-year-olds in shopping malls, who actually get proselytised and promoted to by those who are pushing these drugs, what they think.’
      • ‘The Treasury Secretary became ubiquitous at Federal Hall, proselytizing congressmen for assumption and packing the gallery with supporters.’
      • ‘He has no intention of suspending his proselytising against socialism and advocacy of a pro-capitalist perspective.’
      • ‘But maybe what's needed is someone to proselytise and promote the thinkers within the organisation.’
      • ‘They do not proselytize or promote themselves.’
      • ‘Underneath its scholarly precision, her prose has a proselytizing edge; she urges us to think about the marginalia that we come across and hopes our libraries will preserve annotated books.’
      • ‘And during the same period, he was actively proselytizing a concept of the artist as a paradigmatic example of actively chosen personal freedom.’
      • ‘Second, many professors do abuse the power of the podium in order to proselytize for their particular ideological views and to attack competing ideas.’
      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
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