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Strong's #646 - ἀποστασία

Root Word (Etymology)
feminine of the same as (G647)
Parts of Speech
feminine noun
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  1. a falling away, defection, apostasy
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 1100 ‑ בְּלִיַּעַל (bel‑e‑yah'‑al);  4604 ‑ מַעַל (mah'‑al);  4777 ‑ מֶרֶד (meh'‑red);  7200 ‑ רָאָה (raw‑aw');  
Frequency Lists
Verse Results
KJV (2)
Acts 1
2 Thessalonians 1
NAS (2)
Acts 1
2 Thessalonians 1
CSB (2)
Acts 1
2 Thessalonians 1
BSB (2)
Acts 1
2 Thessalonians 1
ESV (2)
Acts 1
2 Thessalonians 1
WEB (2)
Acts 1
2 Thessalonians 1
Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

ἀπο-στᾰσία, ἡ,

late form for ἀπόστασις,

1. defection, revolt, v.l. in D.H. 7.1, J. Vit. 10, Plu. Galb. 1; esp. in religious sense, rebellion against God, apostasy, LXX Joshua 22:22, 2 Thessalonians 2:3.

2. departure, disappearance, Olymp. in Mete. 320.2.

3. distinguishing, c. gen., Elias in Cat. 119.7.

4. distance, Archim. Aren. 1.5.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ἀποστασία, ἀποστασιας, (ἀφισταμαι), a falling away, defection, apostasy; in the Bible namely, from the true religion: Acts 21:21; 2 Thessalonians 2:3; ((Joshua 22:22; 2 Chronicles 29:19; 2 Chronicles 33:19); Jeremiah 2:19; Jeremiah 36:(29) 32 Complutensian; 1 Macc. 2:15). The earlier Greeks say ἀπόστασις; see Lob. ad Phryn., p. 528; (Winer's Grammar, 24).

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

άποστασία , -ας ,

(< ἀφίστημι ),

[in LXX for H4604, etc.;]

defection, apostasy, revolt; in late Gk. (MM, Exp., viii; Lft., Notes, 111; Cremer, 308) for cl. ἀπόστασις , freq. in sense of political revolt, in LXX (e.g. Joshua 22:22, 2 Chronicles 29:19, Jeremiah 2:19) and NT always of religious apostasy: Acts 21:21, 2 Thessalonians 2:3.†

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

The noun ἀποστάτης (cf. LXX Dan 3.32) occurs in P Revill Mél (B.C. 130) (= Witkowski,.2 p. 96) χρήσασθαι δ᾽ αὐτοῖς ὡς ἀποστάταις (sc. τοῖς ἐν Ἑρμώνθει ὄχλοις), whom a certain Paon μετὰ δυνατῶν ἱκανῶν is sailing up the Nile to reduce (καταστῆσαι). So in Syll 930.50 (B.C. 112) τινες τῶν ἐγ Βοιωτίας ἀποστά [ται ] γεγενημένοι. In P Amh II.30.33 ff (ii/B.C.) we read of the burning of title-deeds by Egyptian ";rebels,"; ἠναγκάσθην ὑπὸ τῶν Αἰγυπτίων ἀποστατῶν ἐνέγκαι τὰς συνγραφὰς καὶ ταύτας κατακαῦσαι. The old word ἀπόστασις, equivalent to –σία (cf. 1 Maccabees 2:15, Acts 21:21, and see Nägeli, p. 31), occurs in P Par 36.13 (ii/B.C.), where a temple recluse petitions the strategus against the conduct of certain persons who had forced their way into the temple, βουλόμενοι ἐξσπάσαι με καὶ ἀγαγῆσαι, καθάπερ καὶ ἐν τοῖς πρότερον χρόνοις ἐπεχείρησαν, οὔσης ἀποστάσεως. For the adj. ἀποστατικός, see P Tor 8.68 (B.C. 119) ἀποστατικῶι τρόπωι. In the same line αὐτοκρασίαι occurs, an illustration of the Hellenistic tendency to form new nouns in –σία : see Lobeck, Parerga, p. 528 f.


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List of Word Forms
αποστασια αποστασία ἀποστασία αποστασιαν αποστασίαν ἀποστασίαν apostasia apostasía apostasian apostasían
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