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disfellowship

[ dis-fel-oh-ship ]
/ d瑟s藞f蓻l o蕣藢蕛瑟p /
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noun
(in some Protestant religions) the status of a member who, because of some serious infraction of church policy, has been denied the church's sacraments and any post of responsibility and is officially shunned by other members.
verb (used with object), dis路fel路low路shiped, dis路fel路low路ship路ing or (especially British) dis路fel路low路shipped, dis路fel路low路ship路ping.
to place in the status of disfellowship.
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Origin of disfellowship

First recorded in 1600鈥10; dis-1 + fellowship
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 漏 Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use disfellowship in a sentence

  • Churches did not disfellowship each other over the organ question, but many congregations divided on it.

    An American Religious Movement|Winfred Ernest Douglas

British Dictionary definitions for disfellowship

disfellowship
/ (藢d瑟s藞f蓻l蓹蕣蕛瑟p) /

verb -ships, -shipping or -shipped or US -ships, -shiping or -shiped (tr)
to excommunicate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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