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

  • transitive v. To strip of priestly privileges and functions.
  • transitive v. To deprive of the right to practice a profession.
  • transitive v. To deprive of an honorary position.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to divest of a frock
  • v. to formally remove the rights and authority of a member of the clergy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To divest of the frock, i. e. to deprive (a priest, minister, etc.) of official ecclesiastical authority; -- of church officials.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as unfrock.

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

  • v. divest of the frock; of church officials


de- + frock 'vestment' (Wiktionary)



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  • (v): Literally, to remove the frock or vestments of church officials, and thus their authority.

    December 30, 2008