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  1. (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.
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verb (used with object), dis·fel·low·shiped, dis·fel·low·ship·ing or (especially British) dis·fel·low·shipped, dis·fel·low·ship·ping.
  1. to place in the status of disfellowship.
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Origin of disfellowship

First recorded in 1600–10; dis-1 + fellowship
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Examples from the Web for disfellowship

Historical Examples of disfellowship

  • 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


verb -ships, -shipping or -shipped or US -ships, -shiping or -shiped (tr)
  1. to excommunicate
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