Apostasy (noun)

The abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief or principle.


From the late latin apostasia, from the greek ἀποστασία (apostasia, "defection, revolt, rebellion"), from ἀποστάτης (apostatēs, "rebel, traitor") + -ία (-ia), from the idea of abandoning one"s religious faith or political belief.


  1. He was accused of apostasy and exiled from the country.
  2. The punishment for apostasy in some countries is severe, including death.
  3. Apostasy is considered a grave sin by some religions.
  4. The act of converting to another religion is considered apostasy by some.
  5. The apostasy of the leader caused a split in the organization.
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