from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Abandonment of one's religious faith, a political party, one's principles, or a cause.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The renunciation of a belief or set of beliefs.
- n. Specifically, the renunciation of one's religion or faith.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An abandonment of what one has voluntarily professed; a total desertion of departure from one's faith, principles, or party; esp., the renunciation of a religious faith.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An abandonment of what one has professed; a total desertion of, or departure from, one's faith, principles, or party.
- n. In theology, a total abandonment of the Christian faith.
- n. In Rom. Cath. eccles. law: A persistent rejection of ecclesiastical authority by a member of the church. An abandonment without permission of the religious order of which one is a member. A renunciation of the clerical profession by one who has received major orders.
- n. In medicine, same as apostasis.
- n. Also spelled apostacy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the state of having rejected your religious beliefs or your political party or a cause (often in favor of opposing beliefs or causes)
- n. the act of abandoning a party for cause
Middle English apostasie, from Old French, from Late Latin apostasia, defection, from Late Greek apostasiā, from Greek apostasis, revolt, from aphistanai, aposta-, to revolt : apo-, apo- + histanai, to stand, place; see stā- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin apostasia, from Ancient Greek ἀποστασία (apostasia, "defection, revolt"), from ἀφίστημι (aphistēmi, "I withdraw, revolt"), from ἀπό (apo, "from") + ἵστημι (histēmi, "I stand") (Wiktionary)