apostasy

noun
apos·​ta·​sy | \ ə-ˈpäs-tə-sē How to pronounce apostasy (audio) \
plural apostasies

Definition of apostasy

1 : an act of refusing to continue to follow, obey, or recognize a religious faith
2 : abandonment of a previous loyalty : defection

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Even more striking, support for the death penalty for apostasy does not depend on one’s formal education. Madiha Afzal, Washington Post, "Malala is building more schools in Pakistan. That’s not likely to reduce support for extremism.," 7 Apr. 2018 Roosevelt never held Smith’s apostasy against him, and FDR’s wartime leadership reconciled the two men. Edward Kosner, WSJ, "‘Frank and Al’ Review: A Friendship Forged in Albany," 25 Sep. 2018 Suspicion for carrying out the attack in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province, immediately fell on the local branch of the Sunni fundamentalist Islamic State, which views Shiism, a minority branch of Islam, as apostasy. Ehsanullah Amiri, WSJ, "Mosque Attack Leaves at Least 30 Dead in Afghanistan," 3 Aug. 2018 As our research shows, charges of apostasy are a powerful tool for delineating group membership and assigning rights. Ian M. Hartshorn And Stacey Philbrick Yadav, Washington Post, "Here’s what happens when diplomats get involved in religious rhetoric," 11 Apr. 2018 More than 40 leading French chefs, winemakers, and cheese ripeners signed an open letter, published on Tuesday in the daily Libération, denouncing this apostasy and calling on President Emmanuel Macron to put a stop to it. Elian Peltier, New York Times, "Camembert Without Raw Milk? It’s Treason, Connoisseurs Cry," 16 May 2018 Some interpreters of Islamic law and their followers have argued that the punishment for apostasy is death. Ian M. Hartshorn And Stacey Philbrick Yadav, Washington Post, "Here’s what happens when diplomats get involved in religious rhetoric," 11 Apr. 2018 Accusations of apostasy, called takfir in Arabic, have often preceded violence throughout the Middle East. Ian M. Hartshorn And Stacey Philbrick Yadav, Washington Post, "Here’s what happens when diplomats get involved in religious rhetoric," 11 Apr. 2018 Come Sunday is not a biographical film about apostasy. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Come Sunday Is an Uneven Biopic of Faith and Dissent," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of apostasy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for apostasy

Middle English apostasie, from Late Latin apostasia, from Greek, literally, revolt, from aphistasthai to revolt, from apo- + histasthai to stand — more at stand

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