follow Dictionary.com

Fiancé or fiancée? What's the difference?

apostasy

[uh-pos-tuh-see] /əˈpɒs tə si/
noun, plural apostasies.
1.
a total desertion of or departure from one's religion, principles, party, cause, etc.
Origin of apostasy
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English apostasye (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin apostasia < Greek: a standing away, withdrawing, equivalent to apóstas(is) (apo- apo- + sta- stand + -sis -sis) + -ia -ia
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for apostasy
British Dictionary definitions for apostasy

apostasy

/əˈpɒstəsɪ/
noun (pl) -sies
1.
abandonment of one's religious faith, party, a cause, etc
Word Origin
C14: from Church Latin apostasia, from Greek apostasis desertion, from apostanai to stand apart from, desert
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for apostasy
n.

late 14c., "renunciation, abandonment or neglect of established religion," from Latin apostasia, from later Greek apostasia, from apostasis "revolt, defection," literally "a standing off" (see apostate). General (non-religious) sense is attested from 1570s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for apostasy

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for apostasy

13
13
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with apostasy

Nearby words for apostasy