verb (used without object), a·pos·ta·tized, a·pos·ta·tiz·ing.
Origin of apostatize
Examples from the Web for apostatize
Morrice FitzJohn of Desmond was allowed to endeavour to induce them to apostatize and enter the service of their enemy.Sir Walter Ralegh|William Stebbing
God grant that under like persecution I do not apostatize more deeply.God Wills It!|William Stearns Davis
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
But his wife and one of his daughters refused to apostatize with him.The Huguenots in France|Samuel Smiles.
Domiciled Quakers upon conviction, refusing to apostatize, to be banished, under pain of death on return.The Emancipation of Massachusetts|Brooks Adams
British Dictionary definitions for apostatize
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.