from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To expel from a church or from church membership; excommunicate.
  • transitive v. To deprive (a congregation, sect, or building) of the status of a church.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To expel from membership of a congregation or church; to excommunicate

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To expel, or cause to separate, from a church; to excommunicate.
  • transitive v. To deprive of the character, privileges, and authority of a church.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To expel from a church; deprive of the character and rights of a church; excommunicate.
  • To refuse the name or character of a church to.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. exclude from a church or a religious community


un- +‎ church (Wiktionary)



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