noun (apostasi, es)
- The renunciation of a belief or set of beliefs.
Etymology: From apostasiaLatin, apostasia < Ancient Greek (polytonic, á) (apostasia) "defection, revolt" < (polytonic, á) (aphistÄmi) "I withdraw, revolt" < (polytonic, á) (apo) "from" + (polytonic, á) (histÄmi) "I stand"
- 1871, James Anthony Froude, History of England from the Fall of Wolsey to the Death of Elizabeth, page 394
- : The King of Navarre suddenly abandoned his party and went over to the Catholics.
- : The explanation of his was as simple as it was base : Navarre had no confidence in the success of his cause, and he cared little in his heart for anything but women and vanity.
- Specifically, the renunciation of one's religion or faith.
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