Word of the day.

The word I learned today: apostasy.

athena% dict apostasy
2 definitions found
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
Apostasy \A*pos"ta*sy\, n.; pl. {Apostasies}. [OE. apostasie, F.
apostasie, L. apostasia, fr. Gr. ? a standing off from, a
defection, fr. ? to stand off, revolt; ? from + ? to stand.
See {Off} and {Stand}.]
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.
From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:
n 1: the state of having rejected your religious beliefs or your
political party or a cause (often in favor of opposing
beliefs or causes) [syn: {renunciation}, {defection}]
2: the act of abandoning a party or cause [syn: {tergiversation}]

Um, happy Ash Wednesday?


One thought on “Word of the day.

  1. My brother sometimes uses an apt analogy to explain just how unusual my name is, especially given that I was born in Iran after the revolution: for me to be named “Shervin” is like a child in the Middle Ages being named for Julian the Apostate.
    Funny coincidence. But yea, apostasy is an awesome term, if not necessarily an awesome state or act. 🙂

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