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apostasy (plural apostasies)
- The renunciation of a belief or set of beliefs.
1871, James Anthony Froude, History of England from the Fall of Wolsey to the Death of Elizabeth, page 394:
- The King of Navarre suddenly abandoned his party and went over to the Catholics. The explanation of his apostasy was as simple as it was base: Navarre had no confidence in the success of his cause, and he cared little in his heart for anything but women and vanity.
1886, Henry James, The Princess Casamassima:
- What had he said, what had he done, after all, to give them the right to fasten on him the charge of apostasy? He had always been a free critic of everything, and it was natural that, on certain occasions, in the little parlour in Lisson Grove, he should have spoken in accordance with that freedom; but it was only with the Princess that he had permitted himself really to rail at the democracy and given the full measure of his scepticism.
- Specifically, the renunciation of one's religion or faith.
- (renunciation of religion or faith): backsliding, conversion, deconversion
- (renunciation of a set of beliefs): defection, disaffection, estrangement
renunciation of set of beliefs
renunciation of one's religion or faith
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