Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To preach the contrary of; recant in preaching.

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

  • transitive verb rare To undo or overthrow by preaching.

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

  • verb transitive To undo or overthrow by preaching.

Etymologies

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un- +‎ preach

Examples

  • Church of England (whose business is not merely to smuggle sinful souls up the backstairs into heaven, but to make men good Christians by making them good men, good gentlemen, and good Englishmen) to show the white feather in the hour of need, is to unpreach in one minute all that he had been preaching his life long.

    Westward Ho!, or, the voyages and adventures of Sir Amyas Leigh, Knight, of Burrough, in the county of Devon, in the reign of her most glorious majesty Queen Elizabeth

  • Ay, and even though we may excuse that in Popish priests and friars, who are vowed not to be men, and get their bread shamefully and rascally by telling sinners who owe a hundred measures to sit down quickly and take their bill and write fifty: yet for a priest of the Church of England (whose business is not merely to smuggle sinful souls up the backstairs into heaven, but to make men good Christians by making them good men, good gentlemen, and good Englishmen) to show the white feather in the hour of need, is to unpreach in one minute all that he had been preaching his life long.

    Westward Ho!

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