defrock
transitive verb Date: 1581 1. to deprive (as a priest) of the right to exercise the functions of office 2. to remove from a position of honor or privilege

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  • defrock — v. t. To divest of the frock, i. e. to deprive (a priest, minister, etc.) of official ecclesiastical authority; of church officials. Syn: unfrock. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • defrock — index disgrace Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • defrock — 1580s, from Fr. défroquer (15c.), from de (see DE (Cf. de )) + froque frock (see FROCK (Cf. frock)). Related: Defrocked …   Etymology dictionary

  • defrock — ► VERB ▪ deprive (a person in holy orders) of ecclesiastical status …   English terms dictionary

  • defrock — [dē fräk′] vt. UNFROCK (sense 2) …   English World dictionary

  • defrock — UK [diːˈfrɒk] / US [dɪˈfrɑk] verb [transitive] Word forms defrock : present tense I/you/we/they defrock he/she/it defrocks present participle defrocking past tense defrocked past participle defrocked to remove a priest from their job because they …   English dictionary

  • defrock — /dee frok /, v.t. to unfrock. [1575 85; < F défroquer, equiv. to dé DIS 1 + froque FROCK + er inf. suffix] * * * …   Universalium

  • defrock — verb a) to divest of a frock The defrocked priest may no longer perform rites. b) to formally remove the rights and authority of a member of the clergy. Syn: disfrock, unfrock …   Wiktionary

  • defrock — Synonyms and related words: boot, bounce, break, bring into discredit, bring low, bring shame upon, bump, bust, can, cashier, cast reproach upon, debase, deconsecrate, degrade, demote, deplume, depose, deprive, dethrone, disbar, discharge,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • defrock — de|frock [ˌdi:ˈfrɔk US ˈfra:k] v [T] to officially remove a priest from his or her job because he or she did something wrong >defrocked adj …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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