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apostate (noun) one who gives up their political or religious beliefs; one who changes their faith or political parties.
A person who gives up their religious faith for the sake of money or position is an apostate. An apostate is a defector. Apostates change their faiths or political parties in an unprincipled manner. They are opportunists.
- The political atmosphere of a country is corrupted by apostates; they are a blow to the soundness of a democracy.
- An apostate is easily corruptible, as they are lured by money or power to desert their faith or party.