Apostate meaning

ə-pŏs'tāt', -tĭt
A person guilty of apostasy.
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Guilty of apostasy.
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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.

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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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One who has abandoned one's religious faith, a political party, one's principles, or a cause.
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Guilty of apostasy.

We must punish this apostate priest.

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A person who has renounced a religion or faith.
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(Roman Catholicism) One who, after having received sacred orders, renounces his clerical profession.
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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”)
    From Wiktionary