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verb (used with object)
  1. to unfrock.
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Origin of defrock

1575–85; < French défroquer, equivalent to dé- dis-1 + froque frock + -er infinitive suffix
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Related Words for defrock

discipline, incarcerate, harm, dismiss, expel, sentence, chastise, execute, hurt, abuse, fine, correct, oust, suspend, fire, recall, retire, terminate, sack, depose

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British Dictionary definitions for defrock


  1. (tr) to deprive (a person in holy orders) of ecclesiastical status; unfrock
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Word Origin and History for defrock


1580s, from French défroquer (15c.), from de- (see de-) + froque "frock" (see frock). Related: Defrocked.

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