from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who has abandoned one's religious faith, a political party, one's principles, or a cause.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Guilty of apostasy.
- n. A person who has renounced a religion or faith.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who has forsaken the faith, principles, or party, to which he before adhered; esp., one who has forsaken his religion for another; a pervert; a renegade.
- n. One who, after having received sacred orders, renounces his clerical profession.
- adj. Pertaining to, or characterized by, apostasy; faithless to moral allegiance; renegade.
- intransitive v. To apostatize.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who is guilty of apostasy; one who has forsaken the church, sect, party, profession, or opinion to which he before adhered (used in reproach); a renegade; a pervert.
- n. In the Roman Catholic Church, one who, without obtaining a formal dispensation, forsakes a religious order of which he has made profession. Synonyms
- Unfaithful to religious creed, or to moral or political principle; traitorous to allegiance; false; renegade: as, “the apostate lords,” Macaulay, Hist. Eng., i.
- To apostatize.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. not faithful to religion or party or cause
- n. a disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion or political party or friend etc.
Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin apostata, from Greek apostatēs, from aphistanai, to revolt; see apostasy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin apostata, from Ancient Greek ἀποστασία (apostasia, "defection, revolt"), from ἀφίστημι (aphistēmi, "I withdraw, revolt"), from ἀπό (apo, "from") + ἵστημι (histēmi, "I stand") (Wiktionary)