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1. apostasy

noun. the act of abandoning a party for cause.

Synonyms

  • desertion
  • abandonment
  • tergiversation

Antonyms

  • content
  • acknowledgment
  • welcome
  • acceptation

Etymology

  • apostasia (Latin)
  • ἀποστασία (Ancient Greek (to 1453))

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2. apostasy

noun. the state of having rejected your religious beliefs or your political party or a cause (often in favor of opposing beliefs or causes).

Synonyms

  • renunciation
  • rejection

Antonyms

  • contentedness
  • favorable reception
  • state of affairs

Etymology

  • apostasia (Latin)
  • ἀποστασία (Ancient Greek (to 1453))

Sentences with apostasy


1. Noun, singular or mass
Laws against apostasy (abandoning a faith or converting to another faith) are enforced in 20 countries, some by death penalty.

2. Noun, plural
As of 2011, 20 countries – most of them Islamic states -- still had laws that prohibited apostasy.

3. Adjective
Other punishments imposed for apostasy include imprisonment, flogging and fines.

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