Apostasy
Apostasy A*pos"ta*sy, n.; pl. {Apostasies}. [OE. apostasie, F. apostasie, L. apostasia, fr. Gr. ? a standing off from, a defection, fr. ? to stand off, revolt; ? from + ? to stand. See {Off} and {Stand}.] An abandonment of what one has voluntarily professed; a total desertion of departure from one's faith, principles, or party; esp., the renunciation of a religious faith; as, Julian's apostasy from Christianity. [1913 Webster]

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  • apostasy — index abandonment (desertion), bad faith, blasphemy, desertion, disloyalty, dissent (difference of opinion) …   Law dictionary

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  • apostasy — desertion, *defection …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • apostasy — ► NOUN ▪ abandonment of a belief or principle. ORIGIN Greek apostasis desertion …   English terms dictionary

  • apostasy — [ə päs′tə sē] n. pl. apostasies [ME apostasie < LL(Ec) apostasia < Gr apo , away + stasis, a standing: see STASIS] an abandoning of what one has believed in, as a faith, cause, or principles …   English World dictionary

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  • apostasy — /euh pos teuh see/, n., pl. apostasies. a total desertion of or departure from one s religion, principles, party, cause, etc. [1350 1400; ME apostasye ( < AF) < LL apostasia < Gk: a standing away, withdrawing, equiv. to apóstas(is) (apo APO + sta …   Universalium

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