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verb (used with object)
  1. to deprive (a monk, priest, minister, etc.) of ecclesiastical rank, authority, and function; depose.
  2. to divest or strip of a frock.
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Also defrock.

Origin of unfrock

First recorded in 1635–45; un-2 + frock
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Examples from the Web for unfrock

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • I am inclined to unfrock and scourge them sorely for their leasings.

  • 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

    Anthony Trollope

  • 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

    Edward Eggleston.

British Dictionary definitions for unfrock


  1. (tr) to deprive (a person in holy orders) of ecclesiastical status
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