apos·​ta·​tize | \ ə-ˈpä-stə-ˌtīz How to pronounce apostatize (audio) \
apostatized; apostatizing

Definition of apostatize

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Recent Examples on the Web In one of the more powerful sequences, three older men are hung from crosses positioned deep in the ocean’s waters — the thrashing waves killing them slowly for their refusal to apostatize. Lindsey Bahr, Orange County Register, "Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ is a gorgeous, tedious journey," 6 Jan. 2017 The conundrum is one that has nothing to do with Rodrigues’ decision whether to lay down his life, but with his reluctance to apostatize, even in the face of others’ deaths. Michael O'sullivan, The Denver Post, "In “Silence,” Scorsese wrestles with questions of faith and martyrdom," 6 Jan. 2017 Savannah's mom left the church in 2015, when leaked official documents confirmed their policy of apostatizing same-sex couples. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Brave 12-Year-Old Girl Comes Out to Entire Mormon Church," 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of apostatize

1552, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for apostatize

borrowed from Medieval Latin apostatizāre, variant (with -izāre -ize) of Late Latin apostatāre, verbal derivative of apostata "rebel against God, apostate"

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“Apostatize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apostatize. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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