[ dee-frok ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to deprive (a monk, priest, minister, etc.) of ecclesiastical rank, authority, and function; depose.

  2. to discharge from a profession, office, or honorary position: a defrocked lawyer.

  1. to divest or strip of a frock.

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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How to use defrock in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for defrock


/ (diːˈfrɒk) /

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

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