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apostasy,

in religion: see heresyheresy,
in religion, especially in Christianity, beliefs or views held by a member of a church that contradict its orthodoxy, or core doctrines. It is distinguished from apostasy, which is a complete abandonment of faith that makes the apostate a deserter, or former member.
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Apostasy

See also Sacrilege.
Aholah and Aholibah
symbolize Samaria’s and Jerusalem’s abandonment to idols. [O.T.: Ezekiel 23:4]
Albigenses
heretical sect; advocated Manichaean dualism. [Fr. Hist.: NCE, 53]
Arians
4th-century heretical sect; denied Christ’s divinity. [Christian Hist.: Brewer Note-Book, 43]
Big-endians
heretical group; always break eggs unlawfully at large end. [Br. Lit.: Gulliver’s Travels]
Cathari
heretical Christian sect in 12th and 13th centuries; professed a neo-Manichaean dualism. [Christian Hist.: EB, II: 639]
Donatists
Christian group in North Africa who broke with Catholicism (312). [Christian Hist.: EB, III: 618]
Ebionites
2nd- and 3rd-century Christian ascetic sect that retained a Jewish emphasis. [Christian Hist.: EB, III: 768]
Erastianism
doctrine declaring state is superior to the church in ecclesiastical affairs (1524–1543). [Christian Hist.: EB, III: 937]
Fires of Smithfield
Marian martyrs burnt at stake as heretics. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 1013]
Gnosticism
heretical theological movement in Greco-Roman world of 2nd century. [Christian Hist.: EB, IV: 587]
Inquisition
Roman Catholic tribunal engaged in combating and suppressing heresy. [Christian Hist.: NCE, 1352]
Jansenism
unorthodox Roman Catholic movement of the 17th and 18th centuries led by Cornelius Jansen. [Christian Hist.: EB, V: 515]
Julian the Apostate
(331–363) Roman emperor, educated as a Christian but renounced Christianity when he became emperor. [Rom. Hist.: Benét, 533]
Lollards
in late medieval England, a name given to followers of unorthodox philosopher John Wycliffe. [Christian Hist.: EB, VI: 306]
min
appellation of any heretic, Jew or non-Jew. [Judaism: Wigoder, 417]
Monophysites
heretical Christian sect who questioned the divine and human nature of Jesus. [Christian Hist.: EB, VI: 1003]
Montanism
2nd-century heretical Christian movement led by prophet Montanus. [Christian Hist.: EB, VI: 1012]
Sabellianism
3rd-century Christian heresy led by Sabellius. [Christian Hist.: EB, VIII: 747]
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The Taliban were right to try to punish her because death is the ultimate punishment for apostacy, for regressing from Islam, and that applies to males or females.
In this obliquely self-reflexive comedy then, reforming Bookwit's lies/wit also connotes Steele's own broader cultural agenda as a writer: ensuring "Wit will recover from its Apostacy and by being encourag'd in the Interest of Virtue, 'twill strip Vice of the gay Habit in which it has too long appear'd, and cloath it in its native Dress of Shame, Contempt, and Dishonour" (preface, 116).
It would appear as if that solemn dedication might be some barrier to future apostacy [sic], for the prayers were [uttered] with great solemnity and fervour .