V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. a person who is disloyal and betrays or abandons someone or something; 2. someone who renounces or abandons long-held convictions

Synonyms: deserter, heretic, defector, renegade, dissident

Antonyms: convert, partisan, adherent, loyalist

Tips: Apostasy, from the Greek "to stand away," is the renunciation of one's religion. One who commits apostasy is an apostate. Apostate can also be used when describing someone who turns away from something other than religion.

Usage Examples:

Josh used to follow a high-protein diet, but he's now an apostate who happily eats French fries and pasta. (defector)

The monk became an apostate when he left the monastery to get married. (dissident, heretic)

Sometimes it takes an apostate from conventional ideas to make a new discovery. (renegade)

He became an apostate of the Green party, not because he no longer cared about their policies, but because he felt his new party might have more success on election day. (defector, dissident)

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