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unchurch

[uhn-church]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to expel (a person) from a church; excommunicate.
  2. to deprive of the character and rights of a church.
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Origin of unchurch

First recorded in 1610–20; un-2 + church
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Related Words

oust, curse, eject, expel, repudiate, proscribe, dismiss, denounce, remove, ban, exclude, anathematize, unchurch

Examples from the Web for unchurch

Historical Examples

  • And is it not fit and equal that God should unchurch us and unpeople us?

    The Covenants And The Covenanters

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British Dictionary definitions for unchurch

unchurch

verb (tr)
  1. to excommunicate
  2. to remove church status from (a building)
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