apostate

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And yet does not the wife of Lot appear to have been punished as an apostate?

The Gods have suspended their thunder over the head of the apostate.

An apostate from the condition of a pravajita or religious mendicant.

You ask, why do these men remain in a Church which they see to be apostate?

To such depths of servility and degradation do apostate nations fall.

In fact, he is worse than an infidel; he is an apostate Christian, or an apostate from the faith.

So there, girl, you have now the bigot from whom it comes, and the apostate to whom it goes.

Well, he was an apostate but then, you know, he meant what he was about.

He renounced Christianity and is known in history as Julian the Apostate.

They were followers of the crucified Nazarene, of the apostate Saul.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "one who forsakes his religion or faith," from Old French apostate (Modern French apostat) and directly from Late Latin apostata, from Greek apostasia "defection, desertion, rebellion," from apostenai "to defect," literally "to stand off," from apo- "away from" (see apo-) + stenai "to stand." Used in non-religious situations (politics, etc.) from mid-14c.

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