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Thursday, July 18, 2002

Definitions for apostasy

  1. Total desertion or departure from one's faith, principles, or party.

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Citations for apostasy
Party loyalty was fierce, political apostasy despised, and breakaway movements and third parties rarely exercised more than temporary influence. Edward Ranson, History Today
The French were advancing the holy cause of liberty; any American who criticized them was guilty of "apostasy" and "heresies." Richard Brookhiser, New York Times
Origin of apostasy
Apostasy is derived from Greek apostasis, "a standing away from, a defection, a revolt," from aphistanai, "to stand off or away from, to revolt," from apo-, "from, away from" + histanai, "to stand."
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