verb (used with object)

to unfrock.

Origin of defrock

1575–85; < French défroquer, equivalent to dé- dis-1 + froque frock + -er infinitive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(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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