apostate


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to apostate: Julian the Apostate

a·pos·tate

 (ə-pŏs′tāt′, -tĭt)
n.
One who has abandoned one's religious faith, a political party, one's principles, or a cause.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin apostata, from Greek apostatēs, from aphistanai, to revolt; see apostasy.]

a·pos′tate′ adj.

apostate

(əˈpɒsteɪt; -tɪt)
n
a person who abandons his religion, party, cause, etc
adj
guilty of apostasy
apostatical, apostatic adj

a•pos•tate

(əˈpɒs teɪt, -tɪt)

n.
1. a person who commits apostasy.
adj.
2. of or characterized by apostasy.
[1300–50; < Late Latin apostata < Greek apostátēs (see apostasy)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.apostate - a disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion or political party or friend etc.apostate - a disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion or political party or friend etc.
quitter - a person who gives up too easily
Adj.1.apostate - not faithful to religion or party or cause
unfaithful - not true to duty or obligation or promises; "an unfaithful lover"

apostate

noun
1. deserter, traitor, renegade, defector, heretic, turncoat, backslider, recreant (archaic) He was an early apostate, leaving the party last year.
adjective
1. disloyal, false, untrue, treacherous, unfaithful, heretical, faithless, backsliding, perfidious, traitorous, recreant the writings of apostate reformers like Luther

apostate

noun
A person who has defected:
Informal: rat.
Translations
odpadlík
luopio
apostatapostate

apostate

[əˈpɒstɪt] Napóstata mf

apostate

[əˈpɒsteɪt] (formal) n (= renegade, defector) → apostat(e) m/f

apostate

nRenegat(in) m(f), → Abtrünnige(r) mf; (Rel also) → Apostat m; he’s an apostate from the partyer ist ein Parteirenegat

apostate

[əˈpɒsteɪt] n (frm) → apostata m/f
References in classic literature ?
So spake th' Apostate Angel, though in pain, Vaunting aloud, but rackt with deep despare: And him thus answer'd soon his bold Compeer.
If you will interpret the word INTOLERANCE as FIRMNESS OF PRINCIPLE, if you do not wish to condemn in the catholic soul of the Abbe de Sponde the stoicism which Walter Scott has made you admire in the puritan soul of Jeanie Deans' father; if you are willing to recognize in the Roman Church the Potius mori quam foedari that you admire in republican tenets,--you will understand the sorrow of the Abbe de Sponde when he saw in his niece's salon the apostate priest, the renegade, the pervert, the heretic, that enemy of the Church, the guilty taker of the Constitutional oath.
Ha-ha--I'm awfully glad you have made an apostate of me all the same
Thus, beginning with the fifteenth century, where our story finds us, Paris had already outgrown the three concentric circles of walls which, from the time of Julian the Apostate, existed, so to speak, in germ in the Grand-Châtelet and the Petit-Châtelet.
At the head of the Pont aux Changeurs, behind which one beheld the Seine foaming beneath the wheels of the Pont aux Meuniers, there was the Chalelet, no longer a Roman tower, as under Julian the Apostate, but a feudal tower of the thirteenth century, and of a stone so hard that the pickaxe could not break away so much as the thickness of the fist in a space of three hours; there was the rich square bell tower of Saint- Jacques de la Boucherie, with its angles all frothing with carvings, already admirable, although it was not finished in the fifteenth century.
There may be some hot-headed Papists led by their priests to engage in this desperate cause, and think it a holy war; but that Protestants, that are members of the Church of England, should be such apostates, such
We have again become pious"--so do those apostates confess; and some of them are still too pusillanimous thus to confess.
He dwelt within the invincible wisdom of silence; he was protected by an indestructible faith that would last forever, that would withstand unshaken all the assaults--the loud execrations of apostates, and the secret weariness of its confessors
With the approval of God Almighty, the soldier of the caliphate Shuja al-Dawsari, may God accept him, set his Kalashnikov upon one of the apostate polytheists' temples.
Soldiers of the Islamic State attack cars of the apostate army," the statements said.
However, as someone who fits into the study's apostate group and who frequently played pretend as a child, I find it inadequate.
After the apostate government extended the state of emergency and curfew in Al-Arish, soldiers of the caliphate managed to blow up a bus transporting a number of the apostate police", the group said in a statement on ISIS-affiliated Twitter accounts.