Adjective "apostasy" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


The abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief or principle.
  1. 'It is very difficult to find discussion of heresy or apostasy or even of dissent in Asian thought and literature.'
  2. 'I do not accept the charge of apostasy, because I have never in my adult life affirmed any belief, and what one has not affirmed one cannot be said to have apostasized from.'
  3. 'Any verbal denial of any principle of Muslim belief is considered apostasy.'
  4. 'As the prosecutor called for the death penalty, accusing the editor of apostasy, the abandonment of the faith, the sentence appeared to have been a compromise.'
  5. 'Excommunication would mean the church is getting rid of me, but when a Catholic decides to leave, it's called apostasy.'
  6. 'You may inform the Church that you are no longer a member by writing a letter of apostasy and sending it to the priest at the church where you were baptized.'
  7. 'No more death sentences for blasphemy or apostasy.'
  8. 'It's not so much God versus Satan as a war between faith and doubt, between belief and apostasy.'
  9. 'To return to Tom's original point: his lamenting my apostasy now implies that I once indeed had the gift of salvation.'
  10. 'On the contrary, they clearly conflict on issues of intra-group dissent such as proselytization, apostasy, heresy, and mandatory education.'

More definitions

1. a total desertion of or departure from one's religion, principles, party, cause, etc.

More examples(as adjective)

"charges can be apostasy."


Middle English: from ecclesiastical Latin apostasia, from a late Greek alteration of Greek apostasis ‘defection’.