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Meaning of APOSTASY

Pronunciation:  u'p√Ęstusee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of abandoning a party or cause
  2. [n]  the state of having rejected your religious beliefs or your political party or a cause (often in favor of opposing beliefs or causes)

APOSTASY is a 8 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: defection, renunciation, tergiversation
 See Also: abandonment, desertion, forsaking, rejection



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

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