- to deprive (a monk, priest, minister, etc.) of ecclesiastical rank, authority, and function; depose.
- to divest or strip of a frock.
Origin of unfrock
Related Words for unfrockdismiss, impeach, overthrow, unseat, demote, dethrone, oust, suspend, fire, recall, retire, terminate, sack, depose, discharge, disqualify, eject, subvert, cashier, upset
Examples from the Web for unfrock
Historical Examples of unfrock
If you do not immediately comply with my request, I will unfrock you, by God!Constance Sherwood
Lady Georgiana Fullerton
We cannot touch the Pope himself and we cannot unfrock his Bishops.A Journal of the Reign of Queen Victoria 1837-1852 - (Volume 3 of 3)
Charles C. F. Greville
I am inclined to unfrock and scourge them sorely for their leasings.Citation and Examination of William Shakspeare
Walter Savage Landor
But not on that account do I wish to unfrock myself; nor certainly on that account do I wish to be deprived of my wife.Dr. Wortle's School
The queen herself could write to a bishop who scrupled to do what she desired, "By God, I will unfrock you!"The Beginners of a Nation
- (tr) to deprive (a person in holy orders) of ecclesiastical status