Word of the Day: Neophyte

Today's word has religious roots.

neophyte(nee-uh-fahyt) noun 1. a beginner or novice. 2. In Roman Catholic Church, a novice. 3. a person newly converted to a belief, as a heathen, heretic, or nonbeliever; proselyte. 4. In early Church, a person newly baptized.
Origin: 1540–50: Latin,neophytus,newly planted, derived from the Greek, neóphytos.

Some argue that Sen. Barack Obama is a neophyte to national politics. But that isn't stopping him from weighing a run for the White House in 2008.

  • Greg Kandra


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