apostate

[ uh-pos-teyt, -tit ]
/ əˈpɒs teɪt, -tɪt /

noun

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

adjective

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

OTHER WORDS FROM apostate

ap·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
/ (əˈpɒsteɪt, -tɪt) /

noun

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

adjective

guilty of apostasy

Derived forms of apostate

apostatical (ˌæpəˈstætɪkəl), adjective
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