American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who has abandoned one's religious faith, a political party, one's principles, or a cause.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who is guilty of apostasy; one who has forsaken the church, sect, party, profession, or opinion to which he before adhered (used in reproach); a renegade; a pervert.
- n. In the Roman Catholic Church, one who, without obtaining a formal dispensation, forsakes a religious order of which he has made profession. Synonyms Neophyte, Convert, Proselyte, etc. See
convert, and list under renegade.
- Unfaithful to religious creed, or to moral or political principle; traitorous to allegiance; false; renegade: as, “the apostate lords,” Macaulay, Hist. Eng., i.
- To apostatize.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who has forsaken the faith, principles, or party, to which he before adhered; esp., one who has forsaken his religion for another; a pervert; a renegade.
- n. (R. C. Ch.) One who, after having received sacred orders, renounces his clerical profession.
- adj. Pertaining to, or characterized by, apostasy; faithless to moral allegiance; renegade.
- v. obsolete To apostatize.
- adj. not faithful to religion or party or cause
- n. a disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion or political party or friend etc.
- 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") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin apostata, from Greek apostatēs, from aphistanai, to revolt; see apostasy. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In its message of violent global jihad, al-Qaida rails against U.S. support of Israel and what it calls apostate regimes in the Middle East.”
“The early Reformers probably realized this but they felt the necessity of building up some sort of a Church which could bind together its members into a corporate body professing unity of belief and worship, and which, in contrast with the pope's Church, which they called apostate, could be called the true Church of God.”
“Declaring that person an apostate is impossible and impermissible.”
“The former wife of the deceased apostate is still living there.”
“I am deeply grateful for the legacy, albeit apostate from the church.”
“They had charged him as a blasphemer of God, and an apostate from the church; therefore he shows that he is a son of Abraham, and values himself upon his being able to say, Our father Abraham, and that he is a faithful worshipper of the God of Abraham, whom therefore he here calls the God of glory.”
“Why should I be looked upon as advancing something dangerous and heterodox, or as an apostate from the faith and worship of the Jewish church, when I agree with them in this fundamental article?”
“His being a citizen of Rome saved him in the foregoing chapter from his being scourged by the chief captain as a vagabond, and here his being a Pharisee saved him from being condemned by the sanhedrim, as an apostate from the faith and worship of the God of Israel.”
“They are ready to look upon him as an apostate from the Jewish church, and an enemy to them.”
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