defrock

[ dee-frok ]
/ diˈfrɒk /
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verb (used with object)

to deprive (a monk, priest, minister, etc.) of ecclesiastical rank, authority, and function; depose.
to discharge from a profession, office, or honorary position: a defrocked lawyer.
to divest or strip of a frock.

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Origin of defrock

First recorded in 1575–85; from French défroquer, equivalent to dé- + froque + -er infinitive suffix; see origin at dis-1, frock

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British Dictionary definitions for defrock

defrock
/ (diːˈfrɒk) /

verb

(tr) to deprive (a person in holy orders) of ecclesiastical status; unfrock
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