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v. pros·e·ly·tized, pros·e·ly·tiz·ing, pros·e·ly·tiz·es
1. To attempt to convert someone to one's own religious faith.
2. To attempt to persuade someone to join one's own political party or to espouse one's doctrine.
To convert (a person) from one belief, doctrine, cause, or faith to another.

pros′e·ly·ti·za′tion (-tĭ-zā′shən) n.
pros′e·ly·tiz′er n.
References in classic literature ?
Why, why am I to recant and accept the Rodgers' articles now?" There is no help for it; the faithful proselytizer, if she cannot convince by argument, bursts into tears, and the refusant finds himself, at the end of the contest, taking down the bolus, and saying, "Well, well, Rodgers' be it."
Away from the drafting table, Bobby's affability and naturally outgoing personality made him the ideal proselytizer for the modern Filipino architecture he was forging.
In Hungary, where both Salvini and the American "alt-right" proselytizer Stephen Bannon have been welcomed with open arms by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Russian intelligence services have reportedly maintained close ties with far-right groups for years.
Despite the humiliation and oppression of his years here, this was also where he honed his skills as a leader, negotiator and proselytizer, which put him on the path to the presidency in 1994.
In one laugh-out-loud sequence, Mason encounters a religious proselytizer, declares himself a "real big fan" of the Bible, and expounds on it, in geek culture terms:
Before Kendall Myers was sentenced to life imprisonment for betraying secrets to Cuba, he was an avid proselytizer for the London Review of Books.
Stahnke (1999) distinguishes the following elements in the right to proselytism: 1) the right of the proselytizer to manifest his or her religion and engage in free expression, 2) the right of the target of proselytism to change his or her religion, to receive information about religions, to be protected from injury to religious feelings and to maintain his or her religious identity, and 3) the right of the state to protect the dominant religious tradition and to maintain public order.
You became a full-bodied proselytizer, with your belief system framing a funny-mirror image of your master's true designs.
Most panels highlighted leaders of traditional media, such as the Weinstein Co.'s Harvey Weinstein and Imagine's Brian Grazer, but the sparkle was provided by digital disruptors such as bitcoin proselytizer Wences Casares, Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky and Apple's Eddy Cue, fresh off the company's Beats acquisition.
The great Kuchean Buddhist proselytizer Kumarajiva translated thousands of manuscripts from Sanskrit into Chinese, stimulating the dissemination of Buddhism in China.
In this analysis, it's not only a painting that represents a desire for both independence and security, it shows the tenderness between men (of any age) and encapsulates the complicated life and desires of an artist many have written off as a proselytizer of an American dream that didn't include them.
Drawing from John Stuart Mill, Thiessen underscores the importance of including vigorous religious voices in public conversation: "To silence the proselytizer because he or she may be in error is to make the very questionable assumption of infallibility" (134).