defrock

verb
de·​frock | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈfräk How to pronounce defrock (audio) \
defrocked; defrocking; defrocks

Definition of defrock

transitive verb

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

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Examples of defrock in a Sentence

the movie's director was defrocked for going way over budget
Recent Examples on the Web On Friday, a Russian Orthodox Church panel in Yekaterinburg ruled to defrock Father Sergiy for breaking monastic rules. Washington Post, 7 July 2020 From 2004 to 2014 — roughly the years of Benedict’s papacy with a year on each bookend — some 848 priests were defrocked around the world and another 2,572 were sanctioned to lesser penalties, according to Vatican statistics. Nicole Winfield, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Dec. 2019 After the charter was established in 2002, some critics say dioceses were more likely to simply defrock priests and return them to private citizenship. Claudia Lauer And Meghan Hoyer, chicagotribune.com, 5 Oct. 2019 Served at: Parkview Hospital, St. Pius X Parish Current status: Burke voluntarily sought and received laicization, or was defrocked, in December 1973. Jessica Seaman, The Denver Post, 23 Oct. 2019 Though Brown was stripped of his authority to act publicly as a priest, he wasn’t laicized, or defrocked, until September 2019. David Tarrant, Dallas News, 1 Feb. 2020 Such behavior eventually got him defrocked, in 1955, but Peters was unfazed. Ben Downing, WSJ, 31 Jan. 2020 The church defrocked him in July, after French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin was convicted of covering up for Preynat’s actions. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2020 From 2004 to 2014 — roughly the years of Benedict’s papacy with a year on each bookend — some 848 priests were defrocked around the world and another 2,572 were sanctioned to lesser penalties, according to Vatican statistics. Nicole Winfield, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Dec. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of defrock

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Defrock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/defrock. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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