apostate apostate  /ə ˈpɔ steɪt/


  1. (n) a disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion or political party or friend etc.
  2. (adj) not faithful to religion or party or cause

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  1. John opposed some of President's tax cuts, making him an apostate to the party's tax-cutting faithful.
  2. Muslim hardliners branded Taslima "an apostate appointed by imperial forces to vilify Islam".



  1. Catholic League president Bill Donohue said: "Hagee has waged an unrelenting war against the Catholic Church. For example, he likes calling it 'The Great Whore,' an 'apostate church,' the 'anti-Christ,' and a 'false cult system.' "
    on Apr 2, 2008 By: Bill Donohue Source: Boston Globe (registration)

  2. In a speech released this week, Bin Laden said of foreign troops in Sudan: "This is a brazen occupation, and only an infidel apostate seeks it or agrees to it."
    on Oct 23, 2007 By: Osama bin Laden Source: guardian.co.uk

  3. In his letter, Hagee said he now better understood that the Book of Revelation's reference to the Catholic Church as "the apostate church" and the "great whore" are "a rhetorical device long employed in anti-Catholic literature and...
    on May 13, 2008 By: John Hagee Source: International Herald Tribune

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