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nee uh fahyt

  • n  a plant that is found in an area where it had not been recorded previously
  • n  any new participant in some activity
  • n  a new convert being taught the principles of Christianity by a catechist

  • It is a chance for the neophyte councilor to make her presence felt by pushing her environment agenda.
  • Christopher is a neophyte at the game of backgammon and will require additional instruction.
  • He cites unnamed "professional pilots" who claim the World Trade Center strikes could not have been carried out by neophyte fliers.

  • Orrin Hatch in Reuters
    I would rather have a battle hardened veteran at the helm who knows the shoals and whirlpools than a neophyte who has to wade into these churning waters for the first time,said Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah.
  • Billy Beane in USA Today
    I think I view it as a fan. I view it with fresh eyes. For me, I'm a neophyte, I'm been following it the last few years,said Beane, whose baseball owner leads the group that operates San Jose's new Major League Soccer franchise. "The more...
  • David Frum in Los Angeles Times
    How serious can [McCain] be,Frum wrote even before Palin appeared at the GOP convention, "if he would place such a neophyte second in line to the presidency?"

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