2. Noun. (legal) the ancient criminal offence of heresy or non-belief in religion. ¹
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Definition of Apostacy
1. apostasy [n -CIES] - See also: apostasy
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Literary usage of Apostacy
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Works of John Owen by John Owen (1826)
"Mr. G.'s seventh argument about the tendency ofthe doctrine of the saints' apostacy ns to their consolation proposed. Considered: what tliat doctrine ..."
2. Principles of the Criminal Law: A Concise Exposition of the Nature of Crime by Seymour Frederick Harris, Aviet Agabeg (1884)
"apostacy BLASPHEMY. apostacy. apostacy, or the total renunciation of Christianity, was for a long period punished by the ecclesiastical courts only, ..."
3. Delineation of Roman Catholicism: Drawn from the Authentic and Acknowledged by Charles Elliott (1851)
"It is not every error, or every heresy, that is apostacy from the faith. ... Such is the nature of apostacy from the faith; and it is implied that this ..."
4. Memoirs of the Court of England During the Reign of the Stuarts,: Including by John Heneage Jesse (1855)
"Holland's Character and despicable apostacy — His Lineage—His Service in the Dutch Wars—His rapid ... For the despicable apostacy of Holland there can ..."
5. The History of the Church of Christ: From the Days of the Apostles, Till the by Joseph Milner (1835)
"Hence he was admirably qualified to describe the total depravity and apostacy of human nature, and he described what he knew to be true. ..."
6. The Rocky Mountain Saints: A Full and Complete History of the Mormons, from by Thomas B. H. Stenhouse (1873)
"The spirit of apostacy was abroad. But it was not the faith that so much tried the people as it was Joseph's life. Everyone had his own ideas of what a ..."
7. Lectures on Mental Philosophy and Theology: With a Sketch of His Life by James Richards, Samuel H. Gridley (1846)
"ON apostacy. HEBREWS vi. 4, 5, 6.—" For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers ..."