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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
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
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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 ?
"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!
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.
So spake th' Apostate Angel, though in pain, Vaunting aloud, but rackt with deep despare: And him thus answer'd soon his bold Compeer.
Also was he known as John the Apostate. He lived a long life and apostasized frequently.
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.
Masri also argued that the High Court judge had no power to declare anyone as apostates as the Selangor Enactment has a specific law to deal with the issue.
"The strange and peculiar contradictions that have emanated from some lawmakers who submitted the motion to make the amendment and its [subsequent] approval by the Legislative Committee are intended to prevent the revocation of the citizenship of apostates who renounce Islam."
"Saifura and Hauwa were killed because they are considered as Murtads (apostates) by the group because they were once Muslims that have abandoned their Islam, the moment they chose to work with the Red Cross, and for us, there is no difference between Red Cross and UNICEF," the group added.
He explained that there are two kinds of apostates, those who work against the state and those who change their religion.