Apostatize A*pos"ta*tize, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Apostatized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Apostatizing}.] [LL. apostatizare.] To renounce totally a religious belief once professed; to forsake one's church, the faith or principles once held, or the party to which one has previously adhered. [1913 Webster]

He apostatized from his old faith in facts, took to believing in ?emblances. --Carlyle. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • apostatize — intransitive verb ( tized; tizing) Date: 1611 to commit apostasy …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • apostatize — verb To give up or renounce ones position or belief. See Also: apostasy, apostate …   Wiktionary

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  • apostatize — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To abandon one s cause or party usually to join another: defect, desert3, renegade, tergiversate, turn. Slang: rat. Idioms: change sides, turn one s coat. See APPROACH, TRUST …   English dictionary for students

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