Meaning of apostate


An apostate is someone who has deserted his cause.

The word apostate originally comes from a Greek word that meant “runaway slave.” Now, apostate has a religious or political tone to it, so someone might call you “a political apostate” if you ran for office as a Republican during one election and then ran as a Democrat in the following election.

Definitions of apostate
  1. adjective

    not faithful to religion or party or cause



    not true to duty or obligation or promises
  2. noun

    a disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion or political party or friend etc.


    deserter, ratter, recreant, renegade, turncoat

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    a person who gives up too easily

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