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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Related Words for apostatize

stray, renounce, tergiversate, reject, abandon, desert

Examples from the Web for apostatize

Historical Examples of apostatize

  • But his wife and one of his daughters refused to apostatize with him.

  • The upshot was that he advised Nathan not to apostatize too suddenly.

    A Daughter of Eve

    Honore de Balzac

  • This was an eye-sore to the law-church, who deemed the very existence of these men, who refused to apostatize, a libel on her.

  • He then returned to Cologne, where he again met Bucer and Melanchthon, who were endeavoring to induce the bishop to apostatize.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921

    Thomas J. Campbell

  • The Saints did continue to suffer much persecution, some did apostatize, others did die of exposure, disease and privation.

    Cowley's Talks on Doctrine

    Matthias F. Cowley

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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