apostate /ˈapəsteɪt/


I. noun

a person who renounces a religious or political belief or principle.

after fifty years as an apostate he returned to the faith.
II. adjective

abandoning a religious or political belief or principle

an apostate Roman Catholic.
III. derivatives


– origin Middle English: from ecclesiastical Latin apostata, from Greek apostatēs ‘apostate, runaway slave’.

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