noun, plural a·pos·ta·sies.
Examples from the Web for apostasy
Have a look at this telling research from Pew on blasphemy and apostasy laws around the world.
Khartoum says Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian, must hang for “apostasy.”Obama Adds Insult to Injury for Sharia-Condemned Young Mother in Sudan|Nina Shea|June 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No one is known to have been executed for apostasy in Sudan since 1991, when it was made a capital crime.In Sudan a Pregnant Woman May Be Hanged for Marrying a Christian|Nina Shea|May 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It's for the crime of apostasy (in this case, writing a novel) that Ayatollah Khomenei sent death squads for Salman Rushdie.
For another year I fought the dread of my apostasy being discovered.A Brigham Young University Professor’s Escape from Mormonism|Lynn K. Wilder|October 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
She then fell on her knees and prayed to the gods of her fathers to forgive her for her apostasy from them.An Egyptian Princess, Complete|Georg Ebers
His family tries every means to bring him back and to punish his apostasy.Contemporary Russian Novelists|Serge Persky
Was it when the first sect was formed, namely, the Roman Catholic sect, in the beginning of the apostasy?Birth of a Reformation|Andrew Byers
That was a total of five hundred souls who were all drawn from their infidelity or apostasy.
Apostasy and superstition are ever proud and impatient of dissent: all must conform or perish.No Cross, No Crown|William Penn
British Dictionary definitions for apostasy
noun plural -sies
Word Origin for apostasy
Word Origin and History for apostasy
late 14c., "renunciation, abandonment or neglect of established religion," from Latin apostasia, from later Greek apostasia, from apostasis "revolt, defection," literally "a standing off" (see apostate). General (non-religious) sense is attested from 1570s.