apos·​tate | \ ə-ˈpä-ˌstāt How to pronounce apostate (audio) , -stət \

Definition of apostate

: one who commits apostasy

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an apostate from communism, he later became one of its harshest critics became an apostate to liberalism after he had gotten wealthy
Recent Examples on the Web Ahsoka Tano is a kick-ass Jedi apostate introduced in The Clone Wars animated series who ended up becoming a fan-favorite character. James Hibberd, EW.com, "The Mandalorian season 2: Everything you need to know," 30 Sep. 2020 Porter McConnell, the youngest daughter of Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, may be a true apostate. Horacio Silva, Town & Country, "The Rise of the Resistocrats: How Wealthy Scions Are Flocking to the Left," 4 Aug. 2020 Picture the apostate disembarking from the motorcycle, in a paisley shirt, a scarf, and tight pants tucked into high boots, and rolling into his human-sexuality class at Golden West. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Survivor’s Guilt in the Mountains," 24 Feb. 2020 In their millenarian ardor and inflexible support for Israel, the neocons find themselves in a position precisely cognate to evangelical Christians—both groups of true believers trying to enact their vision through an apostate. Jacob Heilbrunn, The New Republic, "The Neocons Strike Back," 23 Jan. 2020 In several influential books still widely read today, Ghazali declared two long-dead leading Muslim philosophers, Farabi and Ibn Sina, apostates for their unorthodox views on God’s power and the nature of resurrection. Washington Post, "Execution for a Facebook post? Why blasphemy is a capital offense in some Muslim countries," 20 Feb. 2020 And doing it with her fellow Nashville apostates in the Dixie Chicks? Mikael Wood, chicagotribune.com, "Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’: All 18 songs, ranked," 26 Aug. 2019 Its first city, which lay in an arid Arabian desert, excluded non-Muslims and sentenced apostates to death. The Economist, "Secret gardens The forgotten glories of Islamic civilisation," 1 Feb. 2020 That book sets the Latter-day Saints apart from other Christian denominations, who even today often view the relative newcomer faith as suspect — or even apostate. New York Times, "Lights. Camera. Prayer. A Mini-Hollywood Grows in Utah.," 13 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of apostate

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for apostate

Middle English apostata, apostate, in part continuing Old English apostata (weak noun), in part borrowed from Anglo-French apostate, apostata, both borrowed from Late Latin apostata "rebel against God, fallen Christian, heretic," borrowed from Late Greek apostátēs "rebel against God, apostate," going back to Greek, "defector, rebel," from aposta-, variant stem of aphístamai, aphístasthai "to stand away from, keep aloof from, revolt" + -tēs, agent suffix — more at apostasy

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The first known use of apostate was in the 14th century

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“Apostate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apostate. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of apostate

formal : someone whose beliefs have changed and who no longer belongs to a religious or political group

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