apostasy

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Also that hankering after an overt or practical effect seems to me an apostasy.

And he averted his head from her, as though from a temptation to apostasy.

Their commander purchased his life by apostasy and a treasonable oath.

Just then it was, if we mistake not, that their apostasy began.

So Peter tells us that the alternative is growth or apostasy.

Extirpated they may have been, like the Moors of Spain, but extirpation is not apostasy.

This was the only method which did not occur to me; or if it did, it was rejected with scorn, as a sign of apostasy.

The Buchananists, outraged at what they called "Douglas's apostasy," broke with him.

Woe betide the Latter-day Saint, who dares to dream of dissent or apostasy!

I would have no part in this apostasy, so I stood there awaiting fate.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "renunciation, abandonment or neglect of established religion," from Latin apostasia, from later Greek apostasia, from apostasis "revolt, defection," literally "a standing off" (see apostate). General (non-religious) sense is attested from 1570s.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR APOSTASY

change of heart

nounaltered attitude
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