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Origin of apostate
OTHER WORDS FROM apostateap·o·stat·i·cal·ly [ap-uh-stat-ik-lee], /ˌæp əˈstæt ɪk li/, adverb
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What does apostate mean?
An apostate is someone who has totally abandoned or rejected their religion.
It can also be used in a slightly more general way to refer to someone who has totally abandoned or rejected their principles, cause, party, or other organization.
The word typically implies that before the rejection, one had a strong connection or involvement.
The act of such abandoning or rejecting is called apostasy. 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.
Apostate is sometimes used more specifically to refer to someone who rejects Christianity, but the term is also used in the context of other religions, such as Islam.
Less commonly, apostate can be used as an adjective meaning guilty of apostasy or characterized by apostasy, as in He was condemned for his apostate writings.
Example: The pastor’s sermon condemned apostasy—the trouble is, the apostates weren’t there to hear it.
Where does apostate come from?
The first records of the word apostate come from the 1300s. Apostacy comes from the Late Latin apostasia, meaning “a standing away” or “withdrawing.” Both apostasy and apostate ultimately derive from the Greek apóstas(is), meaning “desertion.” The root apo- means “away,” “off,” or “apart.” (Apo– is also used in the similar-sounding but almost opposite word apostle, which comes from a Greek term meaning “one who is sent forth”)
An apostate is someone who stands away from something (or someone) that they used to stand with. This often involves the total rejection of a belief system that they used to subscribe to, especially a religious one. Even when apostate is used in other ways, such a person is likened in seriousness to a person rejecting their religion. For example, a politician who leaves their party for a rival one might be labeled an apostate or accused of apostasy. On the other hand, the term heretic (which can also be used in a literal or more figurative way) refers to a person who rejects or contradicts a certain belief or doctrine within a religion or other system without abandoning it completely.
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How is apostate used in real life?
Apostate 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.
That's sadly true of a lot of churches, or religions/cults for that matter. People end up more often than not being shunned, disfellowshipped, labeled an apostate, whatever.
— MindShift Podcast (@MindShift2018) January 29, 2020
"What I found in their answers was one part Stockholm Syndrome, one part survival instinct. They all may not love the president, but most share his loathing for his enemies on the left, in the media, and the apostate Never Trump Republicans" via @Timodc https://t.co/PCB2mEkg2l
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) July 7, 2020
By now, I hope you are familiar with my position on sandwich monism: The sooner you accept that nothing isn’t a sandwich, the sooner you will be free.
I am so at one with this now, I gape in disbelief at its apostates. What dark end is served by hot-dog exceptionalism?
— Ian Bogost (@ibogost) July 18, 2020
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Which of the following actions is NOT associated with apostates?
Example sentences from the Web for apostate
“To the fundamentalist leadership of al-Qaida, Saddam represented the worst kind of ‘apostate’ regime,” they wrote.
At first, he was sentenced to execution for being an apostate.Wife of Jailed Saudi Blogger: My Husband Is a Victim of the Thought Police|Ensaf Haidar, Advancing Human Rights|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Godane rejects the idea of Al-Shabab negotiating with the Somali federal government, an “apostate government” he dubs it.
In an article entitled “In the words of the enemy,” it describes Obama as a “crusader, apostate.”
Because my passion so far has been exposing government-funded sacred cows and disrupting statist narratives, I am an apostate.James O’Keefe in Defense of Taping Mitch McConnell, and Everyone Else|James O'Keefe|April 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
During the late reign Johnson had published a book entitled Julian the Apostate.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
At Rosedale an apostate Isabella Dayvill was sent back to do penance in 1321.Medieval English Nunneries c. 1275 to 1535|Eileen Edna Power
If not by Iamblichus, this work issued certainly from his school, to which Julian the Apostate belonged.Giordano Bruno|James Lewis McIntyre
Now, you mustn't think, from all this, that I am an apostate from the principle of Women's Rights.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home|Bayard Taylor
Even a charlatan can be good alone; an apostate can be wise alone; a fool can be pious alone.