- a person who forsakes his religion, cause, party, etc.
- of or characterized by apostasy.
Origin of apostate
Examples from the Web for apostate
“To the fundamentalist leadership of al-Qaida, Saddam represented the worst kind of ‘apostate’ regime,” they wrote.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: Dec. 14
December 14, 2014
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
Godane rejects the idea of Al-Shabab negotiating with the Somali federal government, an “apostate government” he dubs it.Ahmed Abdi Godane Is Al-Shabab's Osama bin Laden
September 5, 2014
In an article entitled “In the words of the enemy,” it describes Obama as a “crusader, apostate.”It'll Take More Than Bombs to Stop ISIS
September 2, 2014
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
April 15, 2013
And yet does not the wife of Lot appear to have been punished as an apostate?Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
The Gods have suspended their thunder over the head of the apostate.Imogen
An apostate from the condition of a pravajita or religious mendicant.Hindu Law and Judicature
You ask, why do these men remain in a Church which they see to be apostate?Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber
James Aitken Wylie
To such depths of servility and degradation do apostate nations fall.Public School Education
- a person who abandons his religion, party, cause, etc
- guilty of apostasy
Word Origin and History for apostate
mid-14c., "one who forsakes his religion or faith," from Old French apostate (Modern French apostat) and directly from Late Latin apostata, from Greek apostasia "defection, desertion, rebellion," from apostenai "to defect," literally "to stand off," from apo- "away from" (see apo-) + stenai "to stand." Used in non-religious situations (politics, etc.) from mid-14c.
late 14c.; see apostate (n.).