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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 apostates
  • The light went out for them, and they became bitter apostates of what they once believed in so heartily.
  • The triumphs of the martyrs were indeed his joy, but his heart received many deep wounds from the fall of apostates and heretics.
  • The apostates signalized themselves above others by the cruelties which they exercised upon the orthodox.
  • When their members get good educations, they become apostates.
  • These treat apostates as sinners to be punished, not individuals with a right to their own beliefs.
  • apostates have written volumes about their imperious guru's flaws.
British Dictionary definitions for apostates

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 apostates

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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