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
A senior Catholic Church official has threatened controversy by saying that it would be safer not to "defrock" priests who had been convicted of sexually abusing children.
Years of correspondence between Father Ronan's superiors discussing his alleged abuse of minors in Ireland were first sent as attachments to the Vatican in February 1966, Mr. Lena said, as part of a request from his religious order to defrock Father Ronan—a request that was granted weeks later.
The Vatican began its crusade to defrock Father Bourgeois in November of 2008 with the threat of excommunication.
Roy Bourgeois made the front page of this past Saturday's New York Times, and I was glad for the good news at hand: 157 priests signed a statement in support of Father Roy Bourgeois, whom the Vatican has begun to defrock.
If they defrock him, they set him on a path to official or unofficial sainthood.
The church on Wednesday presented its highest-level official response yet to one of the most explosive recent revelations regarding sex abuse — a story the Times broke on the church's decision in the 1990s not to defrock a Wisconsin priest accused of molesting deaf boys.
He added: Compare how long it takes to defrock paedophile priests with how secular organisations work.
I hereby defrock the FF and restore the title to the Frua-bodied 1952 Ferrari 212.
The NYT had a story the other day about a priest accused of sexually molesting teenage girls here in the US who returned to his native India where the local bishop declined to defrock him.
Whelan, the archbishop of Wisconsin who urged the Vatican to defrock Martin, the priest who allegedly abused more than 200 boys at a Catholic school for the deaf over the years, was himself secretly engaged in a homosexual relationship (with a consenting adult!).