apostate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin apostata, from Ancient Greek ἀποστάτης (apostátēs, rebel), from ἀφίστημι (aphístēmi, to withdraw, revolt), from ἀπό (apó, from) + ἵστημι (hístēmi, to stand).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /əˈpɒs.teɪt/, /əˈpɒs.tət/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /əˈpɔs.teɪt/, /əˈpɔs.tət/, /əˈpɔs.tɪt/

Adjective[edit]

apostate (not comparable)

  1. Guilty of apostasy.
    We must punish this apostate priest.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book VII”, in Paradise Lost. [], London: [] [Samuel Simmons], [], →OCLC; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, →OCLC, lines 608–613:
      VVho can impair thee, mighty King, or bound / Thy Empire? eaſily the proud attempt / Of Spirits apoſtat and thir Counſels vaine / Thou haſt repeld, vvhile impiouſly they thought / Thee to diminiſh, and from thee vvithdravv / The number of thy vvorſhippers.
    • 1711 April 2 (Gregorian calendar), Richard Steele, “THURSDAY, March 22, 1710–1711”, in The Spectator, number 19; republished in Alexander Chalmers, editor, The Spectator; a New Edition, [], volume I, New York, N.Y.: D[aniel] Appleton & Company, 1853, →OCLC:
      a wretched and apostate state
    • 1936, Rollo Ahmed, The Black Art, London: Long, page 101:
      An enormous number of monks and priests gave themselves up to sorcery, and there was no lack of apostate priests to perform the ceremonies of the Black Mass.

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Noun[edit]

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.
  3. (by extension) One who has renounced a political party, a cause, etc.

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

apostate f

  1. plural of apostata

Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

apostate

  1. inflection of apostatar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative

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Verb[edit]

apostate

  1. second-person singular voseo imperative of apostar combined with te
  2. inflection of apostatar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative