[ uh-pos-tuh-tahyz ]
/ əˈpɒs təˌtaɪz /

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

to commit apostasy.
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



/ (əˈpɒstəˌtaɪz) /


(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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