• IPA: /ə.ˈpɒs.teɪt/, /ə.ˈpɒs.tət/

apostate (not comparable)

  1. Guilty of apostasy.
    We must punish this apostate priest.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book I ↗”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗, line 125:
      So ſpake th' Apoſtate Angel,
    • a wretched and apostate state
  • German: abtrünnig, apostatisch
  • Russian: отсту́пнический

apostate (plural apostates)

  1. A person who has renounced a religion or faith.
  2. (Roman Catholicism) One who, after having received sacred orders, renounces his clerical profession.
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