apostate

[uh-pos-teyt, -tit]
noun
1.
a person who forsakes his religion, cause, party, etc.
adjective
2.
of or characterized by apostasy.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Late Latin apostata < Greek apostátēs, equivalent to aposta- (see apostasy) + -tēs noun suffix

apostatically [ap-uh-stat-ik-lee] , adverb
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apostate (əˈpɒsteɪt, -tɪt)
 
n
1.  a person who abandons his religion, party, cause, etc
 
adj
2.  guilty of apostasy
 
apostatical
 
adj

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apostate
mid-14c., "one who forsakes his religion or faith," from L.L. apostata, from Gk. apostasia "defection, desertion, rebellion," from apostenai "to defect," lit. "to stand off," from apo- "away from" (see apo-) + stenai "to stand." Used in non-religious situations (politics, etc.) from mid-14c.
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Example sentences
Then write them into your sacred texts, so anyone who doesn't believe the so-called miracles can be dismissed as an apostate.
These independent artists rue the perfidy of apostate millionaires, and moan about pop stars who abandoned the true faith.
In the eyes of the state, this made him the apostate, a member of the unprotected infidel community.
Babies were killed to keep them from growing up with apostate parents.
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