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
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Ultraconservative Sunni clerics in Saudi Arabia have in the past referred to Shiites as apostates, and Shiite protesters have been accused of being allied with the kingdom’s rival, Iran.
The Sunni militant group considers Shiite Muslims as apostates.
In the shocked Senate chamber after the crucial vote, McConnell seemed near tears, furious at the three apostates who frustrated his Republicans-only process, and completely out of ideas.
When Sen. Zell Miller, already a Democratic apostate, retired in 2004, Republicans began to systemically take over statewide offices, and hold them all today.
The majority of Iranian citizens are Shiites, whom ISIS regards as apostates.
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.
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Synonymsrenegade, defector, deserter, recreant
Related Wordsbetrayer, double-crosser, quisling, traitor, traitress (or traitoress), turnabout, turncoat; abandoner, come-outer, dropout, leaver; defier, insurgent, insurrectionary, insurrectionist, mutineer, rebel, red, revolter, revolutionary, revolutionist, revolutionizer; discontent, malcontent; recusant, refusenik (also refusnik), refuser
Near Antonymsadherent, disciple, follower, supporter; fanatic, militant, partisan (also partizan), zealot
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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