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Definition someone who abandoned their religion


someone not faithful to a cause or a friend
  • When apostates are executed in the Muslim world, it is usually done by non-governmental groups operating with impunity from the government.
  • The greatest threat to apostates in the Muslim world derives from private individuals who take punishment into their own hands, and states which are complicit by their silence towards these individual crimes.
    Apostasy in Islam - Wikipedia  -- (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • The execution for apostasy was abolished in most Muslim lands in the 19th century either through European pressure or through the direct European rule; however, cases of imprisonment and deportation of apostates still occurred.
    Apostasy in Islam - Wikipedia  -- (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • All five major schools of Islamic jurisprudence agree that a male apostate must be executed.
    Apostasy in Islam - Wikipedia  -- (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • In Islamic law (sharia), the consensus view is that a male apostate must be put to death unless he suffers from a mental disorder or converted under duress, for example, due to an imminent danger of being killed.
    Apostasy in Islam - Wikipedia  -- (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • Also was he known as John the Apostate.
    London, Jack  --  The Red One
  • Ha-ha—I'm awfully glad you have made an apostate of me all the same
    Hardy, Thomas  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles - A Pure Woman
  • So spake th' Apostate Angel, though in pain, Vaunting aloud, but rackt with deep despare: And him thus answer'd soon his bold Compeer.
    Milton, John  --  Paradise Lost
  • And you will not have the apostate!
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Ha-ha—I'm awfully glad you have made an apostate of me all the same!
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • "An insurgent who was previously a Muslim is now an apostate," they declared.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • They walked along the electrified fence past a warning sign graffiti'd by a protester or some apostate working slyly in the Pocket.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • It was a volume of Gibbon, and she read the chapter dealing with the reign of Julian the Apostate.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • So spake the apostate Angel, though in pain, Vaunting aloud, but racked with deep despair.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Writing from Paris, Paine called Washington a creature of "grossest adulation," a man incapable of friendship, "a hypocrite in public life," apostate and impostor.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • So spake the fervent Angel; but his zeal None seconded, as out of season judged, Or singular and rash: Whereat rejoiced The Apostate, and, more haughty, thus replied.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • In the present age men are not very ready to die in defence of their opinions, but they are rarely inclined to change them; and there are fewer martyrs as well as fewer apostates.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Nine out of twenty-two Democratic papers in the state are unbounded in vilifying him with such epithets as traitor, apostate, scoundrel, barn burner, abolitionist and free-soiler ....
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Like apostates who feared to bum the Cross, they hesitated between the instinctive and the material; and Peters, caught in the same polarity, must give them' comfort and destroy their pride.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • Any other tenure by which the West can hold this essential advantage, whether derived from its own separate strength, or from an apostate and unnatural connection with any foreign power, must be intrinsically precarious.
    George Washington  --  Washington's Farewell Address

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