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  • n. Plural form of apostate.


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  • The other maintained his proposition with indecent heat; and the dispute beginning to grow very serious, the company interposed, and gave judgment against their friend, who was so keenly reproached and rebuked for his impolite behaviour, that he retired in high dudgeon, threatening to relinquish their society, and branding them with the appellation apostates from the common cause.

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

  • The slaughter of the apostates is what is here spoken of, not their eternal punishment. even unto the horse bridles -- of the avenging "armies of heaven." by the space of a thousand ... six hundred furlongs -- literally, "a thousand six hundred furlongs off" [W. Kelly].

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • The prohibition not to eat or drink in Beth-el was because all the people had become apostates from the true religion, and the reason he was not allowed to return the same way was lest he should be recognized by any whom he had seen in going.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • The nations that entered into this alliance are here mentioned (v. 6-8); the Edomites and Ishmaelites, both descendants from Abraham, lead the van; for apostates from the church have been its most bitter and spiteful enemies, witness Julian.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)

  • As the representative of the Western church, Pope Martin and his Lateran synod anathematized the perfidious and guilty silence of the Greeks: one hundred and five bishops of Italy, for the most part the subjects of Constans, presumed to reprobate his wicked type, and the impious ecthesis of his grandfather; and to confound the authors and their adherents with the twenty-one notorious heretics, the apostates from the church, and the organs of the devil.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • Most of that "Muslim-on-Muslim" violence is a result of the Sunni Shia split, where both factions assert that they alone are the true followers of Islam, and the others are "apostates" - the worst of creatures.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • Perhaps you can start calling apostates from the true faith Tories In Name Only?

    Hunt sends BBC Trust choice to No 10 as Tory right lobby against Patten

  • Abu Bakr sent forth his troops, saying, Call them those who tried to quit Islam, known as apostates to re-embrace Islam; if they refuse do not spare any of them.

    Can America Survive?

  • Violence against so-called apostates is not unheard of in Muslim communities, even in the West.

    9/11 and 9/9

  • The islamonutters will probably write off the authors of this as "unbelievers" and "apostates" - it will just slide off them......

    Islamic stance on the London bombings


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