neophyte


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ne·o·phyte

 (nē′ə-fīt′)
n.
1. A recent convert to a belief; a proselyte.
2. A beginner or novice: a neophyte at politics.
3.
a. Roman Catholic Church A newly ordained priest.
b. A novice of a religious order or congregation.

[Middle English, from Late Latin neophytus, from Greek neophutos, newly planted, a recent convert : neo-, neo- + -phutos, planted (from phuein, to bring forth, make grow; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots).]

neophyte

(ˈniːəʊˌfaɪt)
n
1. (Theology) a person newly converted to a religious faith
2. (Theology) RC Church a novice in a religious order
3. a novice or beginner
[C16: via Church Latin from New Testament Greek neophutos recently planted, from neos new + phuton a plant]
neophytic adj

ne•o•phyte

(ˈni əˌfaɪt)

n.
1. a beginner or a novice.
2. a new convert to a belief, religion, etc.; proselyte.
3. a novice in a religious order.
[1540–50; < Late Latin neophytus newly planted < Greek neóphytos. See neo-, -phyte]
ne`o•phyt′ic (-ˈfɪt ɪk) adj.
ne′o•phyt•ism (-faɪˌtɪz əm) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.neophyte - a plant that is found in an area where it had not been recorded previously
plant life, flora, plant - (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion
2.neophyte - any new participant in some activity
beginner, initiate, tiro, tyro, novice - someone new to a field or activity
enlistee, recruit - any new member or supporter (as in the armed forces)
3.neophyte - a new convert being taught the principles of Christianity by a catechist
educatee, pupil, student - a learner who is enrolled in an educational institution

neophyte

noun (Formal) novice, student, pupil, recruit, amateur, beginner, trainee, apprentice, disciple, learner, tyro, probationer, novitiate, proselyte, catechumen The book is a wonderfully stimulating read for both neophytes and wine buffs.

neophyte

noun
One who is just starting to learn or do something:
Slang: rookie.
Translations
BegynderNybegynder
aloittelijaneofyyttinoviisivastakastettu

neophyte

[ˈniːəʊfaɪt] Nneófito/a m/f

neophyte

[ˈniːəfaɪt] n (= novice) → néophyte mf

neophyte

nNeubekehrte(r) mf, → Neophyt(in) m(f) (spec); (in RC church) → neu geweihter Priester
References in classic literature ?
You have no right to preach to me, you neophyte, that have not passed the porch of life, and are absolutely unacquainted with its mysteries.
If our neophyte, strong in the new-born love of antiquity, were to undertake to imitate what he had learnt to admire, it must be allowed he would act very injudiciously, if he were to select from the Glossary the obsolete words which it contains, and employ those exclusively of all phrases and vocables retained in modern days.
But with all the ardour of a neophyte and the pride of an apt learner I was at that time a great nautical casuist.
On the second dav the road rose steeply to a grass spur above the forest; and it was here, about sunset, that they came across an aged lama - but they called him a bonze - sitting cross-legged above a mysterious chart held down by stones, which he was explaining to a young man, evidently a neophyte, of singular, though unwashen, beauty.
Her whole soul was possessed by the fact that a fuller life was opening before her: she was a neophyte about to enter on a higher grade of initiation.
They knew not the meanings of the words they mouthed; they but repeated the ritual that had been handed down from preceptor to neophyte since that long-gone day when the ancestors of the Piltdown man still swung by their tails in the humid jungles that are England now.
He placed himself in front of Sergeant Cuff, and put his hands behind him, after the approved fashion of a neophyte who is examined in his catechism.
A neophyte might have fancied that the ripples passing over it were dreadfully like faint changes of expression on a sightless face; but Gaffer was no neophyte and had no fancies.
That we, the neophytes, might have an excess of light shining upon us all at once, orders were given to let out Twenty Eight.
Like a ruined gambler who advises neophytes, he pointed out enterprises and speculations, together with the means and chances of conducting them.
But I forbear; this latter writer being unanswerable among those neophytes who having never thought of their own system, unless as Englishmen, are overwhelmed with admiration at finding any thing of another character advanced about it.
The Archbishop of Constantinople will visit Bulgaria at the invitation of Bulgarian Patriarch Neophyte and the bishops of the Holy Synod.