Apostate

Definition of Apostate

A`pos´tate
n.1.One who has forsaken the faith, principles, or party, to which he before adhered; esp., one who has forsaken his religion for another; a pervert; a renegade.
2.(R. C. Ch.) One who, after having received sacred orders, renounces his clerical profession.
a.1.Pertaining to, or characterized by, apostasy; faithless to moral allegiance; renegade.
So spake the apostate angel.
- Milton.
A wretched and apostate state.
- Steele.
v. i.1.To apostatize.
We are not of them which apostate from Christ.
- Bp. Hall.

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