apostate

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Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin apostata, from Ancient Greek ἀποστασία ‎(apostasía, defection, revolt), from ἀφίστημι ‎(aphístēmi, I withdraw, revolt), from ἀπό ‎(apó, from) + ἵστημι ‎(hístēmi, I stand).

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  • IPA(key): /ə.ˈpɒs.teɪt/, /ə.ˈpɒs.tət/

Adjective[edit]

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.

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.

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

apostate f

  1. plural of apostata

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Verb[edit]

apostate

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of apostatar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of apostatar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of apostatar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of apostatar