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Audio:
"Apostate."

Transcription:
Today is Monday, January 9th, 2006. Welcome to the return of the Word of the Week, which now features a transcription, for those unable to listen to the audio file.

Today’s Word of the Week is…
apostate
n.:One who has abandoned one's religious faith, a political party, one's principles, or a cause.

Famous examples of apostates in history include:
-The Roman Emperor Julian, who was called “The Apostate” by 4th century Christians for supposedly converting to Hellenism.
-Authors Kevin Phillips (a former Republican strategist turned harsh critic of the Bush administration) and Christopher Hitchens (a former left-wing commentator turned enthusiastic supporter of the Iraq War) are examples of people who are often described as political apostates.
-Arthur Koestler, author of Darkness at Noon, was a famous apostate of Communism after the Soviet failure at Kronstadt.

An appropriate literary example of an apostate is the character of Reverend John Hale in Arther Miller’s The Crucible.

The Word of the Week is currently being recorded every Monday at greybeta dot livejournal dot com.


Sources:
dictionary.com
Wikipedia

Suggestions for the Word of the Week are always welcome.

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