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apostate

[uh-pos-teyt, -tit]
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noun
  1. a person who forsakes his religion, cause, party, etc.
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adjective
  1. of or characterized by apostasy.
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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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Related Words for apostate

heretic, renegade, deserter, turncoat, nonconformist, defector, rat, recreant, dissenter

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British Dictionary definitions for apostate

apostate

noun
  1. a person who abandons his religion, party, cause, etc
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adjective
  1. guilty of apostasy
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Derived Formsapostatical (ˌæpəˈstætɪkəl), adjective
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Word Origin and History for apostate

n.

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.

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adj.

late 14c.; see apostate (n.).

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