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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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British Dictionary definitions for apostate's

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's

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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