What's an idiomatic synonym for renounce in the context of renouncing ones religion?

Could also maybe be used as "I [X]'d the church"?

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    "Lost my faith" seems to be pretty common. – samuelesque Dec 9 '15 at 18:56
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    "Left the church" is a fairly common phrasing. And of course there are terms such as "became disillusioned". – Hot Licks Dec 9 '15 at 18:57
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    Not a verb, but you might be interested in the answers here: Word for a person who loses or has lost faith? Can you give more context for how you want to use this word, like an example sentence? – herisson Dec 9 '15 at 19:11
  • all helpful, thank you. The sentences I had in mind would be of the form: "He [X]'d his beliefs" "She [X]'d the church" "He [X]'d his/the religion" – anonymous Dec 9 '15 at 22:23
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    It doesn’t necessarily require renunciation but “He outgrew his beliefs, his church, and his religion” (“to stop being interested in or involved with [something or someone] because you have changed as you have grown older [, more mature, and wiser] ” M-W) – Papa Poule Dec 9 '15 at 23:35

One verb with that meaning is apostasize. Per M-W:


: to commit apostasy

Where apostasy is defined in M-W as:


: renunciation of a religious faith


Abjure, from Google https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=abjure (Does ELU frown on a Google definition? This definition for abjure is good.)

solemnly renounce (a belief, cause, or claim).

"his refusal to abjure the Catholic faith"

synonyms: renounce, relinquish, reject, forgo, disavow, abandon, deny, repudiate, give up, wash one's hands of; eschew, abstain from, refrain from; informal: kick, pack in; disaffirm; literary: forsake; formal: forswear, abnegate

"she has abjured the doctrines of her parents’ faith

Abjure is not idiomatic, but fits perfectly in your example sentences. For an idiomatic phrase, try

kick, although this would apply more to habits than beliefs. "He kicked all his daily rituals."


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