apostasy

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noun apos·ta·sy \ə-ˈpäs-tə-sē\

Definition of apostasy

plural

apostasies

  1. 1 :  an act of refusing to continue to follow, obey, or recognize a religious faith

  2. 2 :  abandonment of a previous loyalty :  defection

Origin and Etymology 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

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