Definition of apostatize in English:


(also apostatise)


  • Renounce a religious or political belief or principle.

    ‘the property of wealthy Christians was liable to confiscation unless they apostatized’
    • ‘As the delinquent desperately struggles to test set boundaries, so does the apostate or apostatizing church.’
    • ‘The only way to show your opposition is to officially apostatize in writing.’
    • ‘For clues in his text suggest some of them have apostatized because they too have experienced persecution and even in some cases death, for the sake of the gospel.’
    • ‘But I also can't help but wonder how the rapidly apostatizing UK looked at this rhetoric.’
    • ‘The East Saxons soon apostatized and expelled their bishop.’
    desert, go over to the enemy, change allegiances, change loyalties, change sides, turn traitor, rebel, renege, abscond, go awol, quit, escape
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Mid 16th century: from medieval Latin apostatizare, from apostata (see apostate).