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Apostate

Apostate
1. One who has forsaken the faith, principles, or party, to which he before adhered; especially, one who has forsaken his religion for another; a pervert; a renegade.
2. One who, after having received sacred orders, renounces his clerical profession.
Origin: L. Apostata, gr, fr. See Apostasy.


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