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apostasy

noun

  1. (rejection)  the state of having rejected your religious beliefs or your political party or a cause (often in favor of opposing beliefs or causes)
    Synonyms: defection, renunciation. Type of: rejection
  2. (abandonment)  the act of abandoning a party for cause
    Synonyms: tergiversation. Type of: abandonment

Etymology summary

Middle English apostasie, from Old French, from Late Latin apostasia, defection,...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Apostasy | apostatises | apostate

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... (41 of 6198 words, pronunciation)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Apostasy

Apostasy (disambiguation)

a term generally employed to describe the formal renunciation of one's religion. Apostasy may also refer to: Apostasy (band), a Swedish black metal band | The Apostasy, a 2007 album by Polish blackened death metal band Behemoth | Apostasy (1948 film)... (39 of 95 words, 4 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

apostasy | apostasies [plural]

abandonment of one's religious faith, party, a cause, etc (9 of 404 words, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/apostasy

Columbia Encyclopedia:

heresy | apostasy

in religion, especially in Christianity, beliefs or views held by a member of a church that contradict its orthodoxy, or core doctrines. It's ... (23 of 249 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0823479​.html

Britannica Encyclopedia:

apostasy [theology]

the total rejection of Christianity by a baptized person who, having at one time professed the Christian faith, publicly rejects it. It's ... (22 of 198 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/30205​/apostasy

Merriam-Webster:

apostasy | apostasies [plural] | defection [synonym, sense-specific]

renunciation of a religious faith | abandonment of a previous loyalty; "defection" (11 of 56 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/apostasy

Oxford Dictionary:

apostasy

the abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief or principle (12 of 56 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/apostasy

American Heritage Dictionary:

apostasy | apostasies [plural]

Abandonment of one's religious faith, a political party, one's principles, or a cause. (13 of 55 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/apostasy

Wiktionary:

apostasy | apostasies [plural] | backsliding [synonym, sense-specific] | conversion [synonym, sense-specific] | deconversion [synonym, sense-specific] | defection [synonym, sense-specific] | disaffection [synonym, sense-specific] | estrangement [synonym, sense-specific]

The renunciation of a belief or set of beliefs. | Specifically, the renunciation of one's religion or faith. (17 of 41 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/apostasy

New World Dictionary:

apostasy | apostasies [plural]

an abandoning of what one has believed in, as a faith, cause, or principles (14 of 35 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/apostasy

Macmillan British Dictionary:

apostasy [uncountable]

a refusal to accept religious or political beliefs any longer (10 of 34 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/apostasy

Cambridge Dictionary:

apostasy [formal]

the act of giving up your religious or political beliefs and leaving a religion or a political party (18 of 31 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/apostasy

Random House Dictionary:

apostasy | apostasies [plural]

a total desertion of or departure from one's religion, principles, party, cause, etc. (13 of 20 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/apostasy

Encarta Dictionary:

apostasy

the renunciation of a religious or political belief or allegiance (10 of 33 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861586274​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

apostasy | apostasies [plural]

Origin: Middle English apostasie, from Old French, from Late Latin apostasia, defection, from Late Greek apostasiā, from Greek ... (17 of 35 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/apostasy

Online Etymology:

apostasy

First use: late 14th century

Origin: "renunciation, abandonment or neglect of established religion", from Latin apostasia, from later Greek apostasia, from apostasis ... (19 of 32 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=apostasy

Wiktionary:

apostasy | apostasies [plural]

Origin: Latin apostasia, from Ancient Greek ἀποστασία (apostasia, "defection, revolt"), from ἀφίστημι (aphistēmi, "I withdraw, revolt"), from ἀπό (apo, "from") + ἵστημι... (21 of 23 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/apostasy

Merriam-Webster:

apostasy | apostasies [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English apostasie, from Late Latin apostasia, from Greek, literally, revolt, from aphistasthai to revolt, from apo- + histasthai to stand

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/apostasy

Collins Dictionary:

apostasy | apostasies [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Church Latin apostasia, from Greek apostasis desertion, from apostanai to stand apart from, desert

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/apostasy

New World Dictionary:

apostasy | apostasies [plural]

Origin: Middle English apostasie from ecclesiastical Late Latin apostasia from Greek apo-, away + stasis, a standing: see "stasis"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/apostasy

Oxford Dictionary:

apostasy

Origin: Middle English: from ecclesiastical Latin apostasia, from a late Greek alteration of Greek apostasis "defection"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/apostasy

Encarta Dictionary:

apostasy

First use: 14th century

Origin: French from Greek apostasis "standing away" from histasthai "to stand"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861586274​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

apostasy | apostasies [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "apostasy"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/apostasy

Macmillan British Dictionary:

apostasy [uncountable]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "apostasy"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/apostasy

Macmillan American Dictionary:

apostasy [uncountable]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "apostasy"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/apostasy

Cambridge Dictionary:

apostasy [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "apostasy"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "apostasy"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/apostasy

the Free Dictionary:

apostasy

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "apostasy"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "apostasy" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/apostasy

Google Dictionary:

apostasy | apostasies [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "apostasy"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

apostasy

Audio: North American pronunciation of "apostasy"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=aposta​01 word=apostasy

YourDictionary Audio:

apostasy

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "apostasy" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/apostasy

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