Apostate Definition

ə-pŏstāt, -tĭt
apostates
noun
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One who has abandoned one's religious faith, a political party, one's principles, or a cause.
American Heritage
A person guilty of apostasy.
Webster's New World
(Roman Catholicism) One who, after having received sacred orders, renounces his clerical profession.
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Antonyms:
adjective

Guilty of apostasy.

We must punish this apostate priest.
Wiktionary
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.
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Other Word Forms of Apostate

Noun

Singular:
apostate
Plural:
apostates

Origin of Apostate

  • 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”)

    From Wiktionary

  • 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

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