- to deprive (a monk, priest, minister, etc.) of ecclesiastical rank, authority, and function; depose.
- to divest or strip of a frock.
Origin of unfrock
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Examples from the Web for unfrock
If you do not immediately comply with my request, I will unfrock you, by God!Constance Sherwood
Lady Georgiana Fullerton
We cannot touch the Pope himself and we cannot unfrock his Bishops.A Journal of the Reign of Queen Victoria 1837-1852 - (Volume 3 of 3)
Charles C. F. Greville
I am inclined to unfrock and scourge them sorely for their leasings.Citation and Examination of William Shakspeare
Walter Savage Landor
But not on that account do I wish to unfrock myself; nor certainly on that account do I wish to be deprived of my wife.Dr. Wortle's School</p>
The queen herself could write to a bishop who scrupled to do what she desired, "By God, I will unfrock you!"The Beginners of a Nation
- (tr) to deprive (a person in holy orders) of ecclesiastical status
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