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unchurch

[uhn-church] /ʌnˈtʃɜrtʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to expel (a person) from a church; excommunicate.
2.
to deprive of the character and rights of a church.
Origin of unchurch
1610-1620
First recorded in 1610-20; un-2 + church
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unchurch

/ʌnˈtʃɜːtʃ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to excommunicate
2.
to remove church status from (a building)
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