from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To defrock.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To deprive of a frock; divest of a frock; hence, referring to a monk's frock, to deprive of ecclesiastical rank or authority.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To deprive or divest or a frock; specifically, to deprive of priestly character or privilege.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To remove from status as a member of a clergy.

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

  • verb divest of the frock; of church officials


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  • Former Oakland Bishop John Cummings has told The New York Times that in the 80s, the Holy See was reluctant to 'unfrock' pedophile priests, including Stephen Kiesle, found guilty of lewd conduct with two young boys in San Francisco in 1978.

  • Simply unfrock him, and take away his living altogether.

    The Last Chronicle of Barset

  • But not on that account do I wish to unfrock myself; nor certainly on that account do I wish to be deprived of my wife.

    Dr. Wortle's school

  • Roman Catholics to-day can restore the Pope to London and unfrock the

    Gilbert Keith Chesterton

  • Foiled again, he laid the case before the Bishop of Worcester, and begged his lordship to unfrock Thomas Dancox.

    The Argosy Vol. 51, No. 2, February, 1891

  • It would have been a luxury to unfrock some of them, but it has seemed to me the duty of every sincere Republican to endure a great deal rather than say anything to introduce division or controversy into party ranks ....

    A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3

  • Cardinal Richelieu and Cardinal Mazarin almost had to unfrock themselves in order to become statesmen.

    Charred Wood

  • If I could put off the garb of my priesthood as readily as I put it on I would straightway unfrock myself here.

    The Founders of the New Devotion: Being the Lives of Gerard Groote, Florentius Radewin and Their Followers.

  • 'You cannot unfrock me for what I have done,' said Cargrim, evading a direct reply.

    The Bishop's Secret

  • Yet, mine honest Friar, I think it would be best both for the church and thyself, that I should procure a license to unfrock thee, and retain thee as a yeoman of our guard, serving in care of our person, as formerly in attendance upon the altar of Saint Dunstan. ''



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