Definition of apostasy in English:

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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;


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

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