{{11}}apostate (adj.) late 14c.; see APOSTATE (Cf. apostate) (adj.).
{{12}}apostate (n.) mid-14c., "one who forsakes his religion or faith," from O.Fr. apostate (Mod.Fr. apostat) and directly from L.L. apostata, from Gk. apostasia "defection, desertion, rebellion," from apostenai "to defect," lit. "to stand off," from apo- "away from" (see APO- (Cf. apo-)) + stenai "to stand." Used in non-religious situations (politics, etc.) from mid-14c.

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  • Apostate — A*pos tate, v. i. [L. apostatare.] To apostatize. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] We are not of them which apostate from Christ. Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Apostate — A*pos tate, n. [L. apostata, Gr. ?, fr. ?. See {Apostasy}.] 1. One who has forsaken the faith, principles, or party, to which he before adhered; esp., one who has forsaken his religion for another; a pervert; a renegade. [1913 Webster] 2. (R. C.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • apostate — UK [əˈpɒsteɪt] / US [əˈpɑsˌteɪt] noun [countable] Word forms apostate : singular apostate plural apostates formal someone who has given up their religious or political beliefs …   English dictionary

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