neophyte
[ nee-uh-fahyt ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
1540-50; Late Latin; via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek neophutos, literally ‘newly planted’ but first used in the sense ‘new convert’ by St Paul (1 Tim. 3:6), from neos ‘new’ + phuton ‘plant’
Synonyms
    1.
  • novice
  • fledgling
  • trainee
  • rookie
    2.
  • newcomer
  • amateur
  • apprentice
  • recruit
Antonyms
    1.
  • expert
    2.
  • professional
Definition
1. a person newly converted to a belief, as a heathen, heretic, or nonbeliever; proselyte
2. a beginner or novice
Examples
1. A) A religious neophyte, she unsteadily said grace, for they blessed the table before eating dinner. B) The wide-eyed neophyte took the massive church in, surprised by how beautiful the artwork was.
2. A) Being a neophyte, she stood out like a sore thumb among the experienced. B) The neophyte priest did surprisingly well during his first-ever sermon.
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