- (UK) IPA(key): /əˈpɒs.teɪt/, /əˈpɒs.tət/
- (US) IPA(key): /əˈpɔs.teɪt/, /əˈpɔs.tət/, /əˈpɔs.tɪt/
apostate (not comparable)
- Guilty of apostasy.
- We must punish this apostate priest.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book VII”, in Paradise Lost. […], London: […] [Samuel Simmons], […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554, lines 608–613:
- VVho can impair thee, mighty King, or bound / Thy Empire? eaſily the proud attempt / Of Spirits apoſtat and thir Counſels vaine / Thou haſt repeld, vvhile impiouſly they thought / Thee to diminiſh, and from thee vvithdravv / The number of thy vvorſhippers.
- 1936, Rollo Ahmed, The Black Art, London: Long, page 101:
- An enormous number of monks and priests gave themselves up to sorcery, and there was no lack of apostate priests to perform the ceremonies of the Black Mass.
guilty of apostasy
apostate (plural apostates)
- A person who has renounced a religion or faith.
- (Roman Catholicism) One who, after having received sacred orders, renounces his clerical profession.
person who renounces a religion or faith
- plural of
- inflection of :