noun apos·ta·sy \ə-ˈpäs-tə-sē\
plural apos·ta·sies

Definition of APOSTASY

:  renunciation of a religious faith
:  abandonment of a previous loyalty :  defection

Origin of APOSTASY

Middle English apostasie, from Late Latin apostasia, from Greek, literally, revolt, from aphistasthai to revolt, from apo- + histasthai to stand — more at stand
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary

Rhymes with APOSTASY


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