One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Renounce a religious or political belief or principle.
desert, go over to the enemy, change allegiances, change loyalties, change sides, turn traitor, rebel, renege, abscond, go awol, quit, escapeView synonyms
- ‘The East Saxons soon apostatized and expelled their bishop.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘But I also can't help but wonder how the rapidly apostatizing UK looked at this rhetoric.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 16th century: from medieval Latin apostatizare, from apostata (see apostate).
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