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[uhn-churcht] /ʌnˈtʃɜrtʃt/
not being a member of a church; not attending any church.
Origin of unchurched
First recorded in 1675-85; un-1 + church + -ed2


[uhn-church] /ʌnˈtʃɜrtʃ/
verb (used with object)
to expel (a person) from a church; excommunicate.
to deprive of the character and rights of a church.
First recorded in 1610-20; un-2 + church Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Why should we be "unchurched" any more than the continental churches?

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • The elfin race were supposed to be on the watch for unchurched or unsained mothers to have the benefit of their milk.

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • I have listened, of a Monday morning, to an essay in a ministers' meeting on the problem of the "unchurched."

    By the Christmas Fire

    Samuel McChord Crothers
  • Especially in Beaverhead and Hughes, this area is unchurched and to a great extent neglected.

  • It has unchurched millions, is still unchurching at a tremendous rate, and will end by unchurching itself.

    Explanation of Catholic Morals

    John H. Stapleton
British Dictionary definitions for unchurched


verb (transitive)
to excommunicate
to remove church status from (a building)
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Word Origin and History for unchurched

1680s, from un- (1) "not" + churched "committed or belonging to a church" (see church (v.)). A verb, unchurch "to remove or exclude (someone) from membership in a church" is recorded from 1610s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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