Apostasy

  • 1 Apostasy — (IPA: /əˈpɒstəsi/) is the formal religious disaffiliation or abandonment or renunciation of one s religion, especially if the motive is deemed unworthy. In a technical sense, as used sometimes by sociologists without the pejorative connotations… …

    Wikipedia

  • 2 APOSTASY — APOSTASY, term applied by members of the deserted faith for the change of one faith, set of loyalties, and worship for another. The conception of apostasy could not arise in the atmosphere of polytheism practiced in antiquity before the advent of …

    Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • 3 Apostasy — • The word itself in its etymological sense, signifies the desertion of a post, the giving up of a state of life; he who voluntarily embraces a definite state of life cannot leave it, therefore, without becoming an apostate Catholic Encyclopedia …

    Catholic encyclopedia

  • 4 Apostasy — A*pos ta*sy, n.; pl. {Apostasies}. [OE. apostasie, F. apostasie, L. apostasia, fr. Gr. ? a standing off from, a defection, fr. ? to stand off, revolt; ? from + ? to stand. See {Off} and {Stand}.] An abandonment of what one has voluntarily… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 apostasy — index abandonment (desertion), bad faith, blasphemy, desertion, disloyalty, dissent (difference of opinion) …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 apostasy — (n.) late 14c., renunciation, abandonment or neglect of established religion, from L. apostasia, from later Gk. apostasia, from apostasis revolt, defection, lit. a standing off (see APOSTATE (Cf. apostate)). General (non religious) sense is… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 apostasy — desertion, *defection …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 apostasy — ► NOUN ▪ abandonment of a belief or principle. ORIGIN Greek apostasis desertion …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 apostasy — [ə päs′tə sē] n. pl. apostasies [ME apostasie < LL(Ec) apostasia < Gr apo , away + stasis, a standing: see STASIS] an abandoning of what one has believed in, as a faith, cause, or principles …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 Apostasy — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. L apostasie (du grec ancien ἀπόστασις (apostasis), se tenir loin de) est l attitude d une personne, appelée un apostat, qui renonce publiquement à une… …

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  • 11 apostasy — /euh pos teuh see/, n., pl. apostasies. a total desertion of or departure from one s religion, principles, party, cause, etc. [1350 1400; ME apostasye ( < AF) < LL apostasia < Gk: a standing away, withdrawing, equiv. to apóstas(is) (apo APO + sta …

    Universalium

  • 12 apostasy — n. (formal) (an) apostasy from * * * [ə pɒstəsɪ] (formal) (an) apostasy from …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13 apostasy — Repudiation of faith in God, found in both the OT and NT. Israel is accused by Jeremiah of apostasy (Jer. 2:19) and apostates are said (Heb. 6:6) to crucify again the Son of God. Paul says that the day of the Lord will not come unless the… …

    Dictionary of the Bible

  • 14 APOSTASY —    the abandonment or renunciation of a RELIGION, such as CHRISTIANITY or ISLAM, either voluntarily or by compulsion. There are frequent Biblical allusions to the EVILS and the dangers of apostasy. It is described as departure from the FAITH 1… …

    Concise dictionary of Religion

  • 15 apostasy — [[t]əpɒ̱stəsi[/t]] N UNCOUNT If someone is accused of apostasy, they are accused of abandoning their religious faith, political loyalties, or principles. [FORMAL] ...a charge of apostasy …

    English dictionary

  • 16 apostasy —    This word (from the Greek apostasia, meaning desertion or rebellion ), in general, refers to an act of renouncing a belief or principle, for example, by resigning from a group, such as a political party. In a religious context, apostasy is the …

    Glossary of theological terms

  • 17 apostasy — noun a) The renunciation of a belief or set of beliefs. The King of Navarre suddenly abandoned his party and went over to the Catholics. b) Specifically, the renunciation of ones religion or faith. The explanation of his apostasy was as simple as …

    Wiktionary

  • 18 apostasy — apostacy (also spelled apostasy) The total renunciation of Christianity, by embracing either a false religion or no religion at all. In old English law, this offense could take place only in such as had once professed the Christian religion. 4 Bl …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 19 apostasy — n. (pl. ies) 1 renunciation of a belief or faith, esp. religious. 2 abandonment of principles or of a party. 3 an instance of apostasy. Etymology: ME f. eccl.L f. NT Gk apostasia f. apostasis defection (as APO , stat stand) …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 20 apostasy — noun (plural sies) Etymology: Middle English apostasie, from Late Latin apostasia, from Greek, literally, revolt, from aphistasthai to revolt, from apo + histasthai to stand more at stand Date: 14th century 1. renunciation of a religious faith …

    New Collegiate Dictionary