Definition of apostatize in English:


Line breaks: apos¦ta|tize
Pronunciation: /əˈpɒstətʌɪz
(also apostatise)


[no object]
Renounce a religious or political belief or principle: the property of wealthy Christians was liable to confiscation unless they apostatized
More example sentences
  • The only way to show your opposition is to officially apostatize in writing.
  • For clues in his text suggest some of them have apostatized because they too have experienced persecution and even in some cases death, for the sake of the gospel.
  • The East Saxons soon apostatized and expelled their bishop.


mid 16th century: from medieval Latin apostatizare, from apostata (see apostate).

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