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əˈpɒs tə siapos·ta·sy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. apostasy, renunciation, defectionnoun

    the state of having rejected your religious beliefs or your political party or a cause (often in favor of opposing beliefs or causes)

  2. apostasy, tergiversationnoun

    the act of abandoning a party for cause


  1. apostasynoun

    The renunciation of a belief or set of beliefs.

    Etymology: From apostasia, from ἀποστασία, from ἀφίστημι, from ἀπό + ἵστημι

  2. apostasynoun

    Specifically, the renunciation of one's religion or faith.

    Etymology: From apostasia, from ἀποστασία, from ἀφίστημι, from ἀπό + ἵστημι

Webster Dictionary

  1. Apostasynoun

    an abandonment of what one has voluntarily professed; a total desertion of departure from one's faith, principles, or party; esp., the renunciation of a religious faith; as, Julian's apostasy from Christianity

    Etymology: [OE. apostasie, F. apostasie, L. apostasia, fr. Gr. a standing off from, a defection, fr. to stand off, revolt; from + to stand. See Off and Stand.]


  1. Apostasy

    Apostasy is the formal disaffiliation from or abandonment or renunciation of a religion by a person. One who commits apostasy is known as an apostate. The term apostasy is used by sociologists to mean renunciation and criticism of, or opposition to, a person's former religion, in a technical sense and without pejorative connotation. The term is occasionally also used metaphorically to refer to renunciation of a non-religious belief or cause, such as a political party, brain trust, or a sports team. Apostasy is generally not a self-definition: very few former believers call themselves apostates because of the pejorative implications of the term. Many religious groups and some states punish apostates. Apostates may be shunned by the members of their former religious group or subjected to formal or informal punishment. This may be the official policy of the religious group or may be the action of its members. Certain churches may in certain circumstances excommunicate the apostate, while some religious scriptures demand the death penalty for apostates.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Apostasy

    Apostacy, a-post′a-si, n. abandonment of one's religion, principles, or party: a revolt from ecclesiastical obedience, from a religious profession, or from holy orders.—n. Apost′ate, one guilty of apostasy: a renegade from his faith from unworthy motives.—adj. false: traitorous: fallen.—adjs. Apostat′ic, -al.—v.i. Apost′atise. [Gr. 'a standing away;' apo, from, stasis, a standing.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of apostasy in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of apostasy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of apostasy in a Sentence

  1. Iain Murray:

    When we think of apostasy, we’re not to think simply of deviation from the truth, that is fundamental, but always too, there's deviation in life, there is a movement to unholiness, to worldliness. -- Iain Murray

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