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apostasy


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Apostasy  \A*pos"ta*sy\,  n.;  pl  {Apostasies}.  [OE.  apostasie  F. 
  apostasie  L.  apostasia  fr  Gr  ?  a  standing  off  from  a 
  defection,  fr  ?  to  stand  off  revolt;  ?  from  +  ?  to  stand 
  See  {Off}  and  {Stand}.] 
  An  abandonment  of  what  one  has  voluntarily  professed;  a  total 
  desertion  of  departure  from  one's  faith,  principles,  or 
  party;  esp.,  the  renunciation  of  a  religious  faith;  as 
  Julian's  apostasy  from  Christianity. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  apostasy 
  n  1:  the  state  of  having  rejected  your  religious  beliefs  [syn:  {renunciation}, 
  {defection}] 
  2:  the  act  of  abandoning  a  party  or  cause  [syn:  {tergiversation}] 




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