A Word A Day : Neophyte

Sunday, 4th May 2008 : Today's Word is ...

Neophyte




( Noun )



Pronunciation : neo-fit


Definition:



1. a recent convert to a religion

2. a new resident of a religious community who has not yet taken vows

3. Roman Catholic Church : A newly ordained priest

4. any new participant in some activity



Etymology:


Middle English - from Late Latin neophytus - from Greek neophutos : neo-, neo- + -phutos, planted (from phuein, to bring forth)


Synonyms:


novice, beginner, recruit, tenderfoot, learner, trainee, raw recruit, newcomer, greenhorn, amateur, rookie, apprentice, tyro


Antonyms:


experienced


Contextual Examples:


• The campaign went badly as the candidate was a
neophyte at politics.

• He is a
neophyte at politics.

• But with all the ardour of a
neophyte and the pride of an apt learner I was at that time a great nautical casuist.

• 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.

• 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.

• I was a complete
neophyte and knew nothing about the choreographic process, but seeing the steps pour out of this man was a revelation.

• She, the
neophyte, with as yet no experience of this, had settled eagerly to the task.

• As a
neophyte in politics, I didn't understand that ducking the issues was the goal of most campaigns.


Related Words:


neophytic : Adjective

neophytish : Adjective

neophytism : Noun


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