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Definition renouncing one's religion or (less precisely) political party or other cause
  • Are there governments that still punish apostasy with death?
  • While heresy is rejection of specific doctrines, apostasy is rejection of an entire religion.
  • The Qur'an states that God (in Arabic, Allah) despises apostasy.
    Apostasy in Islam - Wikipedia  -- (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • Also that hankering after an overt or practical effect seems to me an apostasy.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, Second Series
  • This was what he had got by apostasy, and his punishment was deserved.
    Hardy, Thomas  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles - A Pure Woman
  • Its incurable disease was an apostasy from the principles of the Declaration of Independence.
    Adams, John Quincy  --  John Quincy Adams,"Orations"
  • The man killed him because of his political apostasy.
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Yellow Crayon
  • Hus and Jerome, with the mitres of apostasy upon their heads, had flamed and fizzled at the stake.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Do you remember at all what started off that little apostasy?
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • This was what he had got by apostasy, and his punishment was deserved.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • Even Alvah Scarret was shocked by Carson's apostasy.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • I can almost forgive apostasy when I witness your skill.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Cruelty was easier to forgive than apostasy.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • The Priest's Tale: "The Man Who Cried God" "Sometimes there is a thin line separating orthodox zeal from apostasy," said Father Lenar Hoyt.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Marriage is to me apostasy, profanation of the sanctuary of my soul, violation of my manhood, sale of my birthright, shameful surrender, ignominious capitulation, acceptance of defeat.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • "It appears," said the baron, seating himself in the armchair opposite that occupied by Milady, and stretching out his legs carelessly upon the hearth, "it appears we have made a little apostasy!"
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • He greatly regretted that "the indiscretion of a printer" had doubtless offended his "friend Mr. Adams, for whom, as one of the most honest and disinterested men alive, I have cordial esteem," despite "his apostasy to hereditary monarchy."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Although they hurriedly called an official town meeting to pledge hypocritically their support to the President too, they stated publicly that John Quincy Adams, for his public association with Republican meetings and causes, should "have his head taken off for apostasy .... and should no longer be considered as having any communion with the party."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • And while Mrs. Anticol stayed pious, it was his idea of grand apostasy to drive to the reform synagogue on the high holidays and park his pink-eye nag among the luxurious, whirl-wired touring cars of the rich Jews who bared their heads inside as if they were attending a theater, a kind of abjectness in them that gave him grim entertainment to the end of his life.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Say, Goddess, what ensued when Raphael, The affable Arch-Angel, had forewarned Adam, by dire example, to beware Apostasy, by what befel in Heaven To those apostates; lest the like befall In Paradise to Adam or his race, Charged not to touch the interdicted tree, If they transgress, and slight that sole command, So easily obeyed amid the choice Of all tastes else to please their appetite, Though wandering.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost

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