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  • n. The act of laicizing

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of rendering lay, or of depriving of a clerical character; removal from clerical rank, influence, or control.


Sorry, no etymologies found.



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  • GEORGE: What happened to the old Archbishop?

    DOTTY: He abdicated . . . or resigned or uncoped himself—

    GEORGE (thoughtfully): Dis-mantled himself, perhaps.

    —Stoppard, Jumpers

    April 5, 2009

  • Ooh! I loves me a good discussion of ecclesiastical haberdashery.

    April 4, 2009

  • Priests' frocks in general, you mean? Those are stylin'.

    April 4, 2009

  • They *should* wear frocks. They're stylin'.

    p.s. priests in general, I mean.

    April 4, 2009

  • Rolig, just posted almost the same comment and then saw yours. Most priests don't wear frocks these days anyway, so I'm guessing that's why "laicize" is more widely used. But I'll stick with defrock.

    April 4, 2009

  • The word I prefer (because it better conveys the notion of punishment and not just moving from one status to another) is defrock (and the corresponding verbal noun defrocking). Though perhaps we should worry about priests accused of child molesting being stripped of their frocks.

    April 3, 2009

  • I like disordainment, but there's no good reason for that one either.

    April 3, 2009

  • Dismantled, as Stoppard suggested?

    April 3, 2009

  • In that (excellent) article, it's also spelled layization, but I think I like this spelling better. Odd, though—I would've thought the word were something like disordination.

    April 3, 2009

  • Interesting, a layperson is one who is not a member of a clergy, and this word reflects that.

    April 3, 2009

  • “Laicization — or removing a priest from the priesthood — was what Father Fitzgerald recommended for many abusive priests to bishops and Pope Paul VI.�?

    The New York Times, Early Alarm for Church on Abusers in the Clergy, by Laurie Goodstein, April 2, 2009

    April 3, 2009