apostate

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Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin apostata, from Ancient Greek ἀποστασία (apostasia, defection, revolt), from ἀφίστημι (aphistēmi, I withdraw, revolt), from ἀπό (apo, from) + ἵστημι (histēmi, I stand)

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apostate (not comparable)

  1. Guilty of apostasy.
    We must punish this apostate priest.
    • Milton
      So spake the apostate angel.
    • Steele
      A wretched and apostate state.

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apostate (plural apostates)

  1. A person who has renounced a religion or faith.
  2. (Roman Catholicism) One who, after having received sacred orders, renounces his clerical profession.

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Noun[edit]

apostate f

  1. plural form of apostata