- neophyte:  Neophyte is one of an evergrowing family of English words containing the prefix neo-, which comes from Greek néos ‘new’ (a relative of English new). Most of them are English formations (neoclassical , Neolithic , neologism , neonatal , neoplatonism , etc), but neophyte goes back to a Greek compound, neóphutos, which meant literally ‘newly planted’. Also derived from Greek néos is the name of the gas neon , so called in 1898 because it was ‘newly’ discovered.
=> neon, new
- neophyte (n.)
- "new convert," 1550s, from Church Latin neophytus, from Greek neophytos "a new convert," noun use of adjective meaning "newly initiated, newly converted," literally "newly planted," from neos "new" (see new) + phytos "grown; planted," verbal adjective of phyein "cause to grow, beget, plant" (see physic). Church sense is from I Tim. iii:6. Rare before 19c. General sense of "one who is new to any subject" is first recorded 1590s.
- 1. He is a neophyte at politics.
- 2. The neophyte must not despair of mastering the rules and procedures.
- 3. The neophyte began to stammer out a reply , but fell silent.
- 新门徒嗫嚅了两句, 然后沉默了.
- 4. Gaffer was no neophyte and had no fancies.
- 5. A neophyte with a record of going along to get along could find it impossible.
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