Synonyms for Novitiate:

n.

confession, contemplation, circumcise, anoint, consecrate, tutelage, circumcision, celebrant, origin, ceremony, bless, blessing. apprentice, amateur, intern. religion. freshman, fledgling, rookie, tenderfoot, start, greenhorn, abecedarian, neophyte. beginner (noun)
tenderfoot, freshman, greenhorn, neophyte, amateur, fledgling, abecedarian, novice, apprentice.
newcomer (noun)
tenderfoot.
novitiate (noun)
novice, noviciate.

Other synonyms:

fledgling, abecedarian, rookie. neophyte, freshman, tenderfoot. greenhorn. Other relevant words:
circumcise, celebrant, amateur, confession, contemplation, blessing, freshman, abecedarian, ceremony, consecrate, novice, intern, tenderfoot, religion, apprentice, anoint, circumcision, start, rookie, bless, greenhorn, tutelage, neophyte, fledgling, origin.

Usage examples for novitiate

  1. The novitiate of the Jesuits is long and difficult. – A Short History of Monks and Monasteries by Alfred Wesley Wishart
  2. Any girl was eligible as a candidate, but before she could gain admission to even the initial rank she had to prove herself worthy of the honour of membership, and pass successfully through her novitiate – For the Sake of the School by Angela Brazil
  3. The new- comers- as if it had been to try their patience and endurance in a novitiate before being received into some monastic order- were put into the hands of Seniors, to be reproved and instructed in manners, and were obliged to run upon errands for the members of all the upper classes. – A Collection of College Words and Customs by Benjamin Homer Hall