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Neophyte

[NEE-ə-fahyt]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Greek, 14th century

1.

A person who is new to a subject, skill, or belief.

2.

A new convert to a religion.

Examples of Neophyte in a sentence

"This week I'm training a neophyte to take over when I retire."

"The ceremony introduced the neophyte to our congregation."

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About Neophyte

Originally a Greek word ("neophutos") meaning "newly planted," this term was used to describe a newly ordained priest. The modern usage relates to anyone who is new to a belief or a skill.

Did you Know?

The origins of "neophyte" are biblical. St. Paul used it in 1 Timothy 3:6 to describe a new convert. In the King James version of the Bible, "neophyte" has been translated into "novice." "Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil."

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