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Monday, March 14, 2016

Definitions for apostasy

  1. a total desertion of or departure from one's religion, principles, party, cause, etc.

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Citations for apostasy
The biggest story of the past fifty years in American politics has been the ascendancy of the right, and it's a story of apostasy. George Packer, "Turned Around," The New Yorker, February 22, 2016
Alma watched as liberal-thinking ministers took refuge in metaphor … while conservative paleontologists such as Louis Agassiz went red-eyed with anger, accusing Darwin and his supporters of vile apostasy. Elizabeth Gilbert, Signature of All Things, 2013
Origin of apostasy
Apostasy can be traced to the Greek apostasis meaning "a standing away." It entered English in the mid-1300s.