At Burnham there is the case of Margery Hedsor, who was excommunicated at intervals for apostasy between 1311 and 1317.
This was the only method which did not occur to me; or if it did, it was rejected with scorn, as a sign of apostasy.
His family tries every means to bring him back and to punish his apostasy.
And he averted his head from her, as though from a temptation to apostasy.
But it is worse than schism to separate from the universal church: to separate from its faith is apostasy to infidelity.
Their commander purchased his life by apostasy and a treasonable oath.
Apostasy from the organization is so rare as to be negligible.
I would have no part in this apostasy, so I stood there awaiting fate.
That is the apostasy we have to fear, and is it not already formed?
They have been tempted to the verge of apostasy; but they are not yet over the edge.
apostasy late 14c., from L. apostasia, from later Gk. apostasia, from apostasis "revolt, defection," lit. "a standing off" (see apostate). General (non-religious) sense is attested from 1570s.