apostasy

noun
apos·ta·sy | \ ə-ˈpäs-tə-sē \
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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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 Cohen certainly offers a challenge to the conventional wisdom that HOPE was Miller’s great progressive accomplishment, to be balanced against his later political apostasies. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "No, the HOPE Scholarship Didn’t Kill Great Society Liberalism," 31 Mar. 2018 One, Ashraf Fayadh, a Palestinian poet, curator and artist, was convicted on apostasy charges in 2015 and sentenced by a Saudi court to death by beheading. Kareem Fahim, Washington Post, "As Saudi Arabia relaxes its controls on culture and entertainment, artists dream — and worry," 10 Jan. 2018 Even though Flake no longer has to worry about appeasing hard-right Arizonans in future primaries, his voting record in no way reflects his Trump apostasy. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Jeff Flake to Deliver Another Fiery Anti-Trump Speech From Senate Floor," 15 Jan. 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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