Origin of apostateMiddle English apostate, apostata from Old French apostate and Medieval Latin apostata from Ecclesiastical Late Latin apostata from Ecclesiastical Greek apostates from Gr, deserter, rebel: see apostasy
- The definition of an apostate is a person who leaves behind his religious or political beliefs.
An example of someone who could be described as apostate is a previously Catholic individual who chooses to violate the Ten Commandments without remorse.
- Apostate is defined as someone who has left behind his religious or political beliefs or his principles.
An example of an apostate is a priest who leaves his church.
Origin of apostateMiddle English from Old French from Late Latin apostata from Greek apostatēs from aphistanai to revolt ; see apostasy .
- Guilty of apostasy.
- We must punish this apostate priest.
- A person who has renounced a religion or faith.
- (Roman Catholicism) One who, after having received sacred orders, renounces his clerical profession.
From Late Latin apostata, from Ancient Greek ἀποστασία (apostasia, “defection, revolt”), from ἀφίστημι (aphistēmi, “I withdraw, revolt”), from ἀπό (apo, “from”) + ἵστημι (histēmi, “I stand”)
- At Modin, Mattathias, an aged priest, not only refused to offer the first sacrifice, but slew an apostate Jew who was about to step into the breach.
- Accordingly he was received into the church by one Berry, himself an apostate, and entered the Jesuit College of Valladolid as Brother Ambrose.
- As soon as Lacey left her childhood home, she became an apostate.
- In 1110 an apostate monk in Zeeland, Tanchelm, carried their views still farther, and asserted that the sacraments were only valid through the merits and sanctity of the ministers.
- About this time, according to N6ldeke, an anonymous Edessene wrote the Romance of Julian the Apostate, which so many Arab writers use as a history.