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Definition of neophyte:

  1. A new convert or proselyte; - a name given by the early Christians, and still given by the Roman Catholics, to such as have recently embraced the Christian faith, and been admitted to baptism, esp. to converts from heathenism or Judaism.
  2. A novice; a tyro; a beginner in anything.

Synonyms:

starter motor, newcomer, rookie, abecedarian, tenderfoot, proselyte, dispatcher, fledgling, novitiate, appetiser, start, catechumen, freshman, starting motor, convert, starter, fresher, abecedarian, fledgeling, newbie, entrant, tyro, crank, appetizer, study at amateur.

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