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a·pos·ta·sy

 (ə-pŏs′tə-sē)
n. pl. a·pos·ta·sies
Abandonment of one's religious faith, a political party, one's principles, or a cause.

[Middle English apostasie, from Old French, from Late Latin apostasia, defection, from Late Greek apostasiā, from Greek apostasis, revolt, from aphistanai, aposta-, to revolt : apo-, apo- + histanai, to stand, place; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]

apostasy

(əˈpɒstəsɪ)
n, pl -sies
abandonment of one's religious faith, party, a cause, etc
[C14: from Church Latin apostasia, from Greek apostasis desertion, from apostanai to stand apart from, desert]

a•pos•ta•sy

(əˈpɒs tə si)

n., pl. -sies.
renunciation or abandonment of one's religious faith or of an object of one's previous loyalty.
[1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin apostasia < Greek: a standing away, withdrawing]

apostasy

- Abandonment or renunciation of one's religion or morals.
See also related terms for religion.

apostasy

relinquishing of a religious belief. — apostate, n., adj.
See also: Religion
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.apostasy - the state of having rejected your religious beliefs or your political party or a cause (often in favor of opposing beliefs or causes)
rejection - the state of being rejected
2.apostasy - the act of abandoning a party for cause
abandonment, desertion, forsaking - the act of giving something up

apostasy

noun desertion, defection, treachery, heresy, disloyalty, backsliding, perfidy, unfaithfulness, falseness, faithlessness, recreance or recreancy (archaic) a charge of apostasy

apostasy

noun
An instance of defecting from or abandoning a cause:
Translations
odpadlictví
Apostasie
ارتداد
apostasia

apostasy

[əˈpɒstəsɪ] Napostasía f

apostasy

[əˈpɒstəsi] (formal) napostasie f

apostasy

nAbfall m; (Rel also) → Apostasie f (form)
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