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a·pos·tate  audio  (-pstt, -tt) KEY 

NOUN:
One who has abandoned one's religious faith, a political party, one's principles, or a cause.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin apostata, from Greek apostats, from aphistanai, to revolt ; see apostasy

OTHER FORMS:
a·postate(Adjective)


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