An abandonment of what one has voluntarily professed; a total desertion of departure from one's faith, principles, or party; esp., the renunciation of a religious faith; as, Julian's apostasy from Christianity.
The act of renouncing faith in something and consequently standing apart from the group who believes.
Apostasy is from the Greek [ apostasia], which means a departing or separating (2nd Thessalonians 2:3). In Christianity it is a forsaking or departing from the faith, principles, or truth, to which the Church previously held (1st Timothy 4:1, Hebrews 3:12). This abandonment or falling away from the faith is an opposite of the protestant reformation, which was the returning to the faith, principles, and truths which the Church formerly held. [ back
Abandonment of one's religious faith or loyalty to God.
In Christian theology, the personal, knowledgeable, willful total rejection of one's Christian faith, after which repentance is impossible.
Abandonment of professed beliefs or cause
the state of having rejected your religious beliefs or your political party or a cause (often in favor of opposing beliefs or causes)
the act of abandoning a party or cause
an overt, wholesale rejection of orthodox Roman Catholicism
From the Greek apo, "away from," and stasis "standing," literally meaning a "standing apart," apostasy is used in Christian theology to speak of total renunciation of faith in Christ and abandonment of Christianity.
Literally, "turning away." This sin is committed when a Christian or body of believers rejects the true faith of Christ (1 Tim. 1:5 7; 4:1-3).
A total departure from one's faith or religion.
A falling away or departure from a previously maintained orthodox position (as in certain denominations which once held to orthodoxy but have rejected it). Adj.: apostate.
Complete abandonment of the Catholic faith.
Apostasy (from Greek Î±Ï€Î¿ÏƒÏ„Î±ÏƒÎ¯Î±, meaning a defection or revolt, from Î±Ï€Î¿, apo, "away, apart", ÏƒÏ„Î±ÏƒÎ¹Ï‚, stasis, "standing") is a term generally employed to describe the formal renunciation of one's religion, especially if the motive is deemed unworthy. In a technical sense, as used sometimes by sociologists without the sometimes pejorative connotations of the word, the term refers to renunciation and criticism of, or opposition to one's former religion. One who commits apostasy is an apostate, or one who apostatises.