noun, plural a·pos·ta·sies.
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What does apostasy mean?
Apostasy is the act of totally abandoning or rejecting one’s religion (or the state of having abandoned or rejected it).
It can also be used in a slightly more general way to refer to the act of totally abandoning or rejecting one’s principles, cause, party, or other organization.
The word typically implies that before the rejection, one had a strong connection or involvement. Someone who abandons their religion or cause in this way can be called an apostate. Both apostasy and apostate are usually used in a way that’s critical of such abandonment—or that at least implies that others who remain in the religion or cause are critical of the departure.
Apostasy is sometimes used more specifically to refer to a rejection of Christianity, but the term is also used in the context of other religions, such as Islam.
A common misspelling of apostasy is apostacy.
Example: The pastor’s sermon condemned apostasy—the trouble is, the apostates weren’t there to hear it.
Where does apostasy come from?
The first records of the word apostasy come from the 1300s. It comes from the Late Latin apostasia, meaning “a standing away” or “withdrawing,” from the Greek apóstas(is), “desertion.” The root apo- means “away,” “off,” or “apart.” (Apo– is also used in the similar-sounding but mostly unrelated word apostle, which comes from a Greek term meaning “one who is sent forth.”)
Apostasy is the act or state of standing away from something (or someone) that you used to stand with. Most frequently, apostasy refers to the total rejection of a belief system that you used to subscribe to, especially a religious one. Even when it’s used in other ways, such departures are likened in seriousness to a rejection of one’s religion. For example, a politician who leaves their party for a rival one might be accused of apostasy or labeled an apostate. On the other hand, heresy (which can also be used in a literal or more figurative way) refers to the rejection or contradiction of a certain belief or doctrine within a religion or other system without abandoning it completely.
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How is apostasy used in real life?
Apostasy is usually used seriously and negatively. It’s most often used in reference to religion, but it’s also used in politics and other contexts.
(1/2) Shortly before my disfellowshipping became final, I was offered the opportunity to delete all of my Ex-JW social media accounts, cease my "spreading of apostasy", and offer an apology to the branch. And I'd get away with only a private reproof.
— David Morgan (@David_R_Morgan) June 1, 2020
I had a family member once tell me “be careful. Feminism is the road to apostasy.” I mean, I guess they weren’t wrong. 🤷🏻♀️
— Anonymous Inactive Mormon (@InactiveMormon) December 2, 2019
"Excommunication from his own party for apostasy" here means "he might lose a primary." https://t.co/rAN5WeGLxT
— derek davison (@dwdavison) March 20, 2018
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Which of the following actions is NOT associated with apostasy?
Example sentences 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