verb (used without object), a·pos·ta·tized, a·pos·ta·tiz·ing.

to commit apostasy.

Nearby words

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

Also especially British, a·pos·ta·tise.

Origin of apostatize

From the Late Latin word apostatīzāre, dating back to 1545–55. See apostate, -ize

Related formsa·pos·ta·tism [uh-pos-tuh-tiz-uh m] /əˈpɒs təˌtɪz əm/, nounun·a·pos·ta·tized, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for apostatize




(intr) to forsake or abandon one's belief, faith, or allegiance
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Word Origin and History for apostatize



1610s, from Late Latin apostatizare, earlier apostatare, from apostata (see apostate). Related: Apostatized; apostatizing. The past participle form apostazied is attested from late 14c.

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