apostate

noun apos·tate \ ə-ˈpäs-ˌtāt , -tət \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of apostate

: one who commits apostasy

apostate

adjective

Examples of apostate in a Sentence

  1. an apostate from communism, he later became one of its harshest critics

  2. became an apostate to liberalism after he had gotten wealthy

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Origin and Etymology of apostate

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APOSTATE Defined for English Language Learners

apostate

noun

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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