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(n) turning totally away from one's earlier, passionate beliefs. A person who does this is an apostate. Origin: Gk apo-, away + sta-, to stand => 'to stand away' When Raj Sharma met his old classmate Diwakar Prabhat after 20 years, he was shocked at how drastically the man had changed. Prabhat used to be a dedicated socialist during college, had even endured beatings by the police for protesting about workers' rights, used to talk about dedicating his life to bringing a social revolution. And now, the same man was an industrialist like any other and milked his workers to the core. "What an apostasy!" Raj muttered. Diwakar Prabhat was an apostate.