• WordNet 3.6
    • v apostatize abandon one's beliefs or allegiances
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Apostatize To renounce totally a religious belief once professed; to forsake one's church, the faith or principles once held, or the party to which one has previously adhered. "He apostatized from his old faith in facts, took to believing in emblances."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • apostatize To abandon one's profession or church; forsake one's principles; retrograde from one's faith; withdraw from one's party. Also spelled apostatise.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. apostatizare,


In literature:

The upshot was that he advised Nathan not to apostatize too suddenly.
"A Daughter of Eve" by Honore de Balzac
But on the day that you apostatized I would no longer continue my humiliating sacrifice.
"The Deputy of Arcis" by Honore de Balzac
Sir Edward publicly apostatized, and was rewarded with the command of a regiment of foot.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Now I hope you will apostatize if you would rather do it.
"The Story of the Mormons From the Date of their Origin to the Year 1901" by William Alexander Linn
As it was now ascertained that the Irish people would not apostatize as a nation, an expedient was prepared for their utter extirpation.
"An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800" by Mary Frances Cusack
They have apostatized from their apostasy.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VI. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
David Whitmer, after being with the Saints until 1838, apostatized in Missouri.
"A Young Folks' History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" by Nephi Anderson
When the kings of Judah apostatized, while the individuals were punished, the race was spared.
"Notable Women of Olden Time" by Anonymous
Above all, take heed of apostatizing from, or an utter desertion of, this covenant.
"The Covenants And The Covenanters" by Various
But his wife and one of his daughters refused to apostatize with him.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles