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apostate

[uh-pos-teyt, -tit] /əˈpɒs teɪt, -tɪt/
noun
1.
a person who forsakes his religion, cause, party, etc.
adjective
2.
of or characterized by apostasy.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Late Latin apostata < Greek apostátēs, equivalent to aposta- (see apostasy) + -tēs noun suffix
Related forms
apostatically
[ap-uh-stat-ik-lee] /ˌæp əˈstæt ɪk li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
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Examples from the web for apostate
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for apostate

apostate

/əˈpɒsteɪt; -tɪt/
noun
1.
a person who abandons his religion, party, cause, etc
adjective
2.
guilty of apostasy
Derived Forms
apostatical (ˌæpəˈstætɪkəl) adjective
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Word Origin and History for apostate
n.

mid-14c., "one who forsakes his religion or faith," from Old French apostate (Modern French apostat) and directly from Late Latin apostata, from Greek apostasia "defection, desertion, rebellion," from apostenai "to defect," literally "to stand off," from apo- "away from" (see apo-) + stenai "to stand." Used in non-religious situations (politics, etc.) from mid-14c.

adj.

late 14c.; see apostate (n.).

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