Definition of defrock
1 : to deprive of the right to exercise the functions of office a defrocked priest
2 : to remove from a position of honor or privilege
Examples of defrock in a Sentence
the movie's director was defrocked for going way over budget
Recent Examples of defrock from the Web
Benedict had taken a hard line against clerical sex abuse during his time as prefect of the congregation himself, and later as pope, defrocking hundreds of priests accused of raping and molesting children.
Accused of paying shoeshine boys for sex while serving as papal nuncio, or ambassador, in the Dominican Republic, he was recalled by Francis in 2013 and defrocked the following year.
This week, attorney Jerry Coughlan, who is representing the congregation in the misconduct proceedings, called for Bruno to be defrocked and that a forensic audit be conducted of the bishop’s books.
Bishop Daily was named as a defendant in dozens of suits filed by people who claimed that Father Geoghan, who was later defrocked, had molested them in his three decades as a priest.
In the end, mostly because of his negative stance on the papacy, Savonarola was defrocked and executed by the church.
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Definition of defrock for English Language Learners
: to officially remove (a priest) from his or her job as punishment for doing something wrong
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