Definition of apostatize in English:


(British apostatise)


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  • Renounce a religious or political belief or principle.

    ‘the property of wealthy Christians was liable to confiscation unless they apostatized’
    • ‘The East Saxons soon apostatized and expelled their bishop.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The only way to show your opposition is to officially apostatize in writing.’
    • ‘As the delinquent desperately struggles to test set boundaries, so does the apostate or apostatizing church.’
    • ‘But I also can't help but wonder how the rapidly apostatizing UK looked at this rhetoric.’
    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).