Definition of apostate
: one who commits apostasy
Examples of apostate in a Sentence
an apostate from communism, he later became one of its harshest critics
became an apostate to liberalism after he had gotten wealthy
Recent Examples of apostate from the Web
The Sunni militant group views Shiites as apostates.
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Origin and Etymology of apostate
First Known Use: 14th century
APOSTATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of apostate for English Language Learners
: someone whose beliefs have changed and who no longer belongs to a religious or political group
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