apostatize (third-person singular simple present apostatizes, present participle apostatizing, simple past and past participle apostatized)
1.to commit apostasy.
1. (intransitive) to forsake or abandon one's belief, faith, or allegiance Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1610s, from Late Latin apostatizare, earlier apostatare, from apostata (see apostate). Related, Apostatized; apostatizing. The past participle form apostazied is attested from late 14c.
Epiphanes by the priest Eleazar, the seven brothers and their mother - all of whom chose torture and death rather than apostatize from the faith.
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