[ dis-fel-oh-ship ]
/ dɪsˈfɛl oʊˌʃɪp /


(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·fel·low·shiped, dis·fel·low·ship·ing or (especially British) dis·fel·low·shipped, dis·fel·low·ship·ping.

to place in the status of disfellowship.

Origin of disfellowship

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


/ (ˌdɪsˈfɛləʊʃɪp) /

verb -ships, -shipping or -shipped or US -ships, -shiping or -shiped (tr)

to excommunicate
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