An example of an apostate is a priest who leaves his church.
An example of someone who could be described as apostate is a previously Catholic individual who chooses to violate the Ten Commandments without remorse.
Origin of apostate
- Middle English from Old French from Late Latin apostata from Greek apostatēs from aphistanai to revolt apostasy
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”)