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What does "apostasy" mean?

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"Apostasy" is an English word that means "the renunciation of a religious faith" or "abandonment of a previous loyalty." It was derived from the Greek word "aphistasthai," meaning "to revolt."

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What does "apostasy" mean?
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"Apostasy" can describe someone who has left a church. A person who commits apostasy is called an "apostate." Religions such as Christianity and Islam view apostasy as a great sin deserving of terrible punishment.

Though it often used in religious context, "apostasy" does not have to refer to religion. An apostate can be anyone who has abandoned a once strongly held belief. A person who was a huge fan of the Detroit Red Wings and abandons this loyalty is an example of apostasy.

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