To renounce completely a religious belief when professed to forsake ones church the faith or principles when held or even the party that one has formerly followed
- abandon an individual's beliefs or allegiances
- To renounce totally a religious belief when professed; to forsake your church, the belief or concepts once held, or the party to which you have previously adhered.
1610s, from belated Latin apostatizare, previous apostatare, from apostata (see apostate). Associated: Apostatized; apostatizing. The past participle form apostazied is attested from belated 14c.
(v. i.) To renounce totally a religious belief once professed; to forsake a person's church, the belief or maxims as soon as presented, and/or celebration to which you have previously followed.
Epiphanes by the priest Eleazar, the seven brothers and their mother - all of whom chose torture and death rather than apostatize from the faith.