Definition of apostasy in English:


Line breaks: apos|tasy
Pronunciation: /əˈpɒstəsi


[mass noun]
  • The abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief or principle: the execution of their leader for apostasy brought widespread criticism
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    • Any verbal denial of any principle of Muslim belief is considered apostasy.
    • This refrain must be one of the most lyrical expressions of political apostasy ever written.
    • However, the reintroduction of true gospel doctrine into those periods of apostasy required a belief in continued divine revelation.
    renunciation of belief, abandonment of belief, recantation; treachery, perfidy, faithlessness, disloyalty, betrayal, defection, desertion; heresy


Middle English: from ecclesiastical Latin apostasia, from a late Greek alteration of Greek apostasis 'defection'.

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