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Definition of the noun apostasy

What does apostasy mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: apostasies

  1. the state of having rejected your religious beliefs or your political party or a cause (often in favor of opposing beliefs or causes)
  2. the act of abandoning a party for cause

Alternative definition of the noun apostasy


  1. The renunciation of a belief or set of beliefs.
  2. Specifically, the renunciation of one's religion or faith.


Apostasy is a Swedish black metal band formed in 2000.


"Apostasy" is a musical single of Psychonauts.

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"Apostasy" is a 1948 film directed by Keisuke Kinoshita.

  • also known as Hakai
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Apostasy is the formal disaffiliation from, or abandonment or renunciation of, a religion by a person. One who commits apostasy is known as an apostate. The term apostasy is used by sociologists to mean renunciation and criticism of, or opposition to, a person's former religion, in a technical sense and without pejorative connotation.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Apostasy

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Google previewThe Passion from Within (1998)

by Adrienne von Speyr, Lucia Wiedenhöver

Apostasy is the sin that forever generates new sin. Its time is never now but already just past. Every possibility of...

Apostasy is a mystery of disintegration, affecting consciousness itself. Consciousness, then, is like a pregnant animal, let us say, ...

Google previewJudges and Ruth (2015)

God in Chaos by Barry Webb

Apostasy is a choice: it is to choose evil over good, and to forsake the Lord for something or someone else. Apostasy is the renunciation of something you once professed to believe. And apostates are selfmade; they are not the victims of ...

Google previewLeaves of Healing (1901)

by John Alexander Dowie

APOSTASY is a falling away from Christ in faith and life. A Church may believe mentally much precious truth, and still be apostate, having a form of godliness, but denying the power. A Church may even oppose some great evils, and still be ...

Google previewThree Raptures (2007)

by Ty Lamb

Apostasy is a deliberate turning away from revealed truth ...

Google previewIslam in History (2011)

Ideas, People, and Events in the Middle East by Bernard Lewis

But a Muslim who insults the Prophet is seen as an apostate, and apostasy is a capital offense in all schools of Muslim law. A Muslim who renounces ...

Google previewPersecuted (2013)

The Global Assault on Christians by Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert, Nina Shea

Apostasy is a question of honor and as such it is considered treason.8 sAUdi chUrches bAnned Saudi Arabia bans all churches and public manifestations of Christianity, as well as other non-Muslim religions. It does not even permit churches ...

Google previewContemporary Interpretation of Islamic Law (2014)

by Ahmed Affi, Hassan Affi

For many, apostasy is a crime for which the only applicable punishment is death. Yet, there is a growing chorus of people, including religious leaders, academics, and intellectuals who, angered and despaired by numerous misrepresentations ...

Google previewTakeover, Liberalism In America (2011)

Expressions of a Conservative by Christopher Phillips

Apostasy is an abandonment of one's religious faith, a political party, one's principles, or a cause or a relinquishing of a religious belief. The bible says in 1st Timothy 4 starting at verse 1: Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some ...

Google previewKids' Bible Dictionary (2009)

by Jean Fischer

Our worst enemy, Satan, causes apostasy. Sometimes apostasy happens because people listen to false teachers. These teachers do not teach the true Word of God. Instead, they say what people want to hear. Sometimes, believers fall away ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels (2015)

by Hastings, James

Apostasy. adeserting or abandoning of the true religion. The word is borrowed from theLatin apostatare, or apostare, to despiseor violate any thing. Hence apostatare leges anciently signifiedto transgress the laws.The Latin apostatare, again, ...

Google previewBiblical and Theological Bible Dictionary (2015)

by Watson, Richard

Apostasy. adeserting or abandoning of the true religion. The word is borrowed from theLatin apostatare, or apostare, to despiseor violate any thing. Hence apostatare leges anciently signifiedto transgress the laws.The Latin apostatare, again, ...

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

The affable archangel had forewarn 'd Adam, by due example, to beware Apostasy; by what befel in heav'n To those apostates. Hilton. Vice in us were not only wickedness, but apostasy, degenerate wickedness. Sprat. The canon law deDnes ...

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Scrabble value of A1P3O1S1T1A1S1Y4

The value of this 8-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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