Synonyms for apostasy

Grammar : Noun
Spell : uh-pos-tuh-see
Phonetic Transcription : əˈpɒs tə si

Définition of apostasy

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.
  • noun defection
Example sentences :
  • Also that hankering after an overt or practical effect seems to me an apostasy.
  • Extract from : « Essays, Second Series » by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • And he averted his head from her, as though from a temptation to apostasy.
  • Extract from : « Sacrifice » by Stephen French Whitman
  • Their commander purchased his life by apostasy and a treasonable oath.
  • Extract from : « Peter the Hermit » by Daniel A. Goodsell
  • Just then it was, if we mistake not, that their apostasy began.
  • Extract from : « A History of American Christianity » by Leonard Woolsey Bacon
  • So Peter tells us that the alternative is growth or apostasy.
  • Extract from : « Expositions of Holy Scripture » by Alexander Maclaren
  • Extirpated they may have been, like the Moors of Spain, but extirpation is not apostasy.
  • Extract from : « The New World of Islam » by Lothrop Stoddard
  • 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.
  • Extract from : « Mauprat » by George Sand
  • The Buchananists, outraged at what they called "Douglas's apostasy," broke with him.
  • Extract from : « Our American Holidays: Lincoln's Birthday » by Various
  • Woe betide the Latter-day Saint, who dares to dream of dissent or apostasy!
  • Extract from : « The Wild Huntress » by Mayne Reid
  • I would have no part in this apostasy, so I stood there awaiting fate.
  • Extract from : « The Lost Continent » by C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne

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