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[uh-pos-tuh-tahyz] /əˈpɒs təˌtaɪz/
verb (used without object), apostatized, apostatizing.
to commit apostasy.
Also, especially British, apostatise.
Origin of apostatize
From the Late Latin word apostatīzāre, dating back to 1545-55. See apostate, -ize
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[uh-pos-tuh-tiz-uh m] /əˈpɒs təˌtɪz əm/ (Show IPA),
unapostatized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for apostatize
Historical Examples
  • But his wife and one of his daughters refused to apostatize with him.

    The Huguenots in France Samuel Smiles.
  • The upshot was that he advised Nathan not to apostatize too suddenly.

    A Daughter of Eve Honore de Balzac
  • This was an eye-sore to the law-church, who deemed the very existence of these men, who refused to apostatize, a libel on her.

  • He then returned to Cologne, where he again met Bucer and Melanchthon, who were endeavoring to induce the bishop to apostatize.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921 Thomas J. Campbell
  • The Saints did continue to suffer much persecution, some did apostatize, others did die of exposure, disease and privation.

    Cowley's Talks on Doctrine Matthias F. Cowley
  • This was an eye-sore to the Law-Church, who deemed the very existence of these men who had refused to apostatize, a libel on her.

    Two Addresses Nicholas Rigby
  • God grant that under like persecution I do not apostatize more deeply.

    God Wills It! William Stearns Davis
  • If ever he did apostatize, he was bound by a solemn promise to the Emperor of Morocco to turn Mussulman.

  • In former times, the Christians who refused to apostatize were summarily consigned to execution.

  • Thus the import of the question is: Is it natural to apostatize and never to repent of it?

British Dictionary definitions for apostatize


(intransitive) to forsake or abandon one's belief, faith, or allegiance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for apostatize

1610s, from Late Latin apostatizare, earlier apostatare, from apostata (see apostate). Related: Apostatized; apostatizing. The past participle form apostazied is attested from late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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