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
When Sen. Zell Miller, already a Democratic apostate, retired in 2004, Republicans began to systemically take over statewide offices, and hold them all today.
That makes them prime targets for Islamic State militants, who are Sunnis and consider Shiites to be apostates.
The Sunni militant group views Shiites as apostates.
The Sunni extremists view Shiites as apostates deserving of death.
This issue also contains a new profile destined for classic status: Sam Tanenhaus's definitive study of Pat Buchanan, the original Republican apostate, rule-book rewriter, and anti-almost-everything presidential candidate.
ISIS is a Sunni militant group, which regards Shiites as apostates.
The Sunni extremist group views Shiites as apostates and has targeted Pakistan’s Shiite minority in the past.
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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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