A person who abandons long-held religious or political convictions

1.  One who has forsaken the faith, principles, or party, to which he before adhered; esp., one who has forsaken his religion for another; a pervert; a renegade.
2.  One who, after having received sacred orders, renounces his clerical profession.

Apostasy  comes from the Greek word apostasia - which means, a defection or revolt, from.

apo means , "away, apart",
stasis means  "stand", "standing"

It has a pejorative implication in everyday use and is considered a negative thing to call a person.

It call also mean other things... such as referring to someone no longer on a  sports team.

People do not call themselves "apostate" since is has a bad meaning.

Apostates are usually shunned by their former group.

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