convert


convert
convert vb *transform, metamorphose, transmute, transmogrify, transfigure
Analogous words: manufacture, fabricate, forge, *make: apply, utilize, employ, *use
convert n Convert, proselyte are synonyms only in being applicable to the same person. Both denote a person who has embraced another creed, opinion, or doctrine than the one he has previously accepted or adhered to.
Convert commonly implies a sincere and voluntary change of belief; it is, therefore, the designation preferred by the church, the party, or the school of thought of which such a person becomes a new member
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the first American novelist to become a . . . convert to naturalism— Malcolm Cowley

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Convert is also applied to a person who undergoes the religious experience called conversion or a turning from a life of sin or indifference to one guided by religious (specifically, Christian) principles and motives.
Proselyte basically denotes a convert to another religion. It is still used in reference to a convert to Judaism who manifests his sincerity and fidelity by strict adherence to religious laws and practices. In general use, however, the term may suggest less a reverent or convicted and voluntary embracing than a yielding to the persuasions and urgings of another, be it an earnest missionary or zealot or someone with less praiseworthy motives
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ye compass sea and land to make one proselyteMt 23:15

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Proselyte is often the designation chosen by the members of a church for one formerly of their number who has been converted to another faith. The term is also applied to a person won over to a party, a cause, or a way of life in which he has formerly expressed disbelief or disinterest
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you agree with the rest of the married world in a propensity to make proselytesS hens tone

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Analogous words: neophyte, *novice
Contrasted words: apostate, *renegade, backslider, recreant, turncoat

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  • Convert — Con vert, n. 1. A person who is converted from one opinion or practice to another; a person who is won over to, or heartily embraces, a creed, religious system, or party, in which he has not previously believed; especially, one who turns from the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Convert — Nom surtout porté dans l Ain, la région lyonnaise et l Auvergne. Désigne celui qui est converti au christianisme, ou encore un frère convers (personne qui se consacre aux travaux manuels dans un couvent). Variante : Convers (43, 70, 74).… …   Noms de famille

  • convert — [kən vʉrt′; ] for n. [ kän′vʉrt΄] vt. [ME converten < OFr convertir < L convertere < com , together + vertere, to turn: see VERSE] 1. to change from one form or use to another; transform [convert grain into flour] 2. to cause to change… …   English World dictionary

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