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
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.
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