Definition of apostasy in English:

apostasy

Line breaks: apos|tasy
Pronunciation: /əˈpɒstəsi
 
/

noun

[mass noun]
The abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief or principle: the execution of their leader for apostasy brought widespread criticism
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
renunciation of belief, abandonment of belief, recantation;
treachery, perfidy, faithlessness, disloyalty, betrayal, defection, desertion;
heresy

Origin

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

Definition of apostasy in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day deictic
Pronunciation: ˈdīktik
adjective
denoting a word whose meaning depends on context...