apostate


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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
1. a person who abandons his religion, party, cause, etc
adj
2. guilty of apostasy
apostatical 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 apostatēs (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
deserter, traitor, renegade, defector, heretic, turncoat, backslider, recreant (archaic) He was an early apostate, leaving the party last year.
adjective
disloyal, false, untrue, treacherous, unfaithful, heretical, faithless, backsliding, perfidious, traitorous, recreant the writings of apostate reformers like Luther
Translations

apostate

[əˈpɒstɪt] Napostata mf

apostate

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

apostate

nRenegat(in) m(f), → Abtrunnige(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 ?
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.
So spake th' Apostate Angel, though in pain, Vaunting aloud, but rackt with deep despare: And him thus answer'd soon his bold Compeer.