apostate

[uh-pos-teyt, -tit]

noun

a person who forsakes his religion, cause, party, etc.

adjective

of or characterized by apostasy.

Nearby words

  1. aposematic,
  2. aposematic coloration,
  3. aposiopesis,
  4. apospory,
  5. apostasy,
  6. apostatize,
  7. apostaxis,
  8. aposthia,
  9. apostil,
  10. apostilb

Origin of apostate

1300–50; Middle English < Late Latin apostata < Greek apostátēs, equivalent to aposta- (see apostasy) + -tēs noun suffix

Related formsap·o·stat·i·cal·ly [ap-uh-stat-ik-lee] /ˌæp əˈstæt ɪk li/, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for apostate

apostate

noun

a person who abandons his religion, party, cause, etc

adjective

guilty of apostasy
Derived Formsapostatical (ˌæpəˈstætɪkəl), adjective

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