• WordNet 3.6
    • adj apostate not faithful to religion or party or cause
    • n apostate a disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion or political party or friend etc.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Apostate One who has forsaken the faith, principles, or party, to which he before adhered; esp., one who has forsaken his religion for another; a pervert; a renegade.
    • Apostate (R. C. Ch) One who, after having received sacred orders, renounces his clerical profession.
    • a Apostate Pertaining to, or characterized by, apostasy; faithless to moral allegiance; renegade. "So spake the apostate angel.""A wretched and apostate state."
    • v. i Apostate To apostatize. "We are not of them which apostate from Christ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n apostate One who is guilty of apostasy; one who has forsaken the church, sect, party, profession, or opinion to which he before adhered (used in reproach); a renegade; a pervert.
    • n apostate In the Roman Catholic Church, one who, without obtaining a formal dispensation, forsakes a religious order of which he has made profession. Synonyms Neophyte, Convert, Proselyte, etc. See convert, and list under renegade.
    • apostate Unfaithful to religious creed, or to moral or political principle; traitorous to allegiance; false; renegade: as, “the apostate lords,” Macaulay, Hist. Eng., i.
    • apostate To apostatize.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Apostate one guilty of apostasy: a renegade from his faith from unworthy motives
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. apostata, Gr. , fr. . See Apostasy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. 'a standing away;' apo, from, stasis, a standing.


In literature:

I'm an apostate from the past, and a disciple of the future.
"The Co-Citizens" by Corra Harris
Apostates only are iconoclasts.
"The Poetical Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume IV" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Those who were then at the head of affairs were apostates from the principles of the revolution.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
Those who were then at the head of affairs were apostates from the principles of the revolution.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Volume III. 1791-1804" by Thomas Paine
Apostates were deprived of the right of bequeathing their own property.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
Julian the Apostate was one of the last idolaters of expiring paganism.
"Contemporary Russian Novelists" by Serge Persky
Isidora, is thy virgin heart Thus mated to a wild apostate monk?
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat
I know thee, Beauvais, perjurer, apostate; the executioner at Nismes awaits thee already.
"The Rebellion in the Cevennes, an Historical Novel" by Ludwig Tieck
The priests called him 'the apostate,' but the goddess of victory was not unfaithful to him.
"A Captive of the Roman Eagles" by Felix Dahn
In the fifth century this monastery was thrown down by Julian the Apostate.
"Visits To Monasteries in the Levant" by Robert Curzon

In poetry:

Prophet of God, arise and take
With thee the words of wrath divine,
The scourge of Heaven, to shake
O'er yon apostate shrine.
"Eight Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
To support this apostate imperial shade,
This impious mock'ry of good,
She rais'd a banditti, to whom she convey'd
His spirit for plunder and blood.
"The Fury Of Discord" by Sir John Carr
Better they wept o'er the warrior's bier
Than the apostate's living stain;
There's a land where those who loved when here,
Shall meet to love again."
"The Troubadour And Richard Coeur De Lion" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
Giddy wth fond ambition, mad wth pride,
Apostate angells once ev'n heavn defi'de;
Avenging heavn its hottest bolts prepard,
And hell and thunder provd their sad reward.
"To Mr Brown On His Book Against T---" by Thomas Parnell
Take mountebanks, prancers,
Fops, fiddlers, and dancers,
So volatile, versatile, nimble; Pimps, parasites, spyers, Apostates, rogues, liars,
State coblers; and knights of the thimble.
"Recipe To make A French Legion of Honour" by Thomas Stott
Then weep it from thy heart;
So mayst thou duly learn
The intercessor's part;
Thy prayers and tears may earn
For fallen souls some healing breath,
Era they have died the Apostate's death.
"Fifth Sunday After Epiphany" by John Keble

In news:

Public editor bashes Times column on Obama as apostate .
The New York Times' public editor, Clark Hoyt, has done an admirable job of dissecting military historian Edward Luttwak's reckless May 12 column suggesting that Muslims may view Barack Obama as an apostate .
Once branded as an apostate , President Obama would face enormous difficulties in the foreign policy realm, especially in the fight against terrorism.
George Apostate Plays Kiss, Kick and Tell.
The Senate "Gang Of Six" today made a final push for its deficit reduction proposal, announcing that apostate gang member Tom Coburn had rejoined the group, releasing its plan, and unveiling numerous Senatorial endorsements.
Q&A Artist or 'Apostate': Talking with Musician Shahin Najafi.
After two grand ayatollahs declared him an apostate for a song that supposedly insults a Shia Imam, there is now a bounty on recording artist Shahin Najafi's head.
INTERVIEWS Watch Swans Tear Into 'The Apostate' Live in 12-Minute Video.
The media love an apostate, and Ron Fitzsimmons is the apostate of the moment.

In science:

The integrations over “time” t are taken from t = t0 , where the initial condition for |Ψ(t)i is specified, to t = ∞, which arise because conditions Apre and Apost may be satisfied at any values of t (denoted by t1 and t2 in the equation).
Quantum Mechanics, Spacetime Locality, and Gravity