Meaning of defrock in English:


Pronunciation /diːˈfrɒk/

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[with object]
  • 1Deprive (a person in holy orders) of ecclesiastical status.

    ‘he had left his diocese one step ahead of a move to defrock him’
    • ‘a defrocked French Catholic priest’
    • ‘Because it is a state church, however, the Lutheran Church cannot defrock him.’
    • ‘Do they determine in some way or another that this priest can be reassigned and another priest should be defrocked?’
    • ‘The cardinals said on Wednesday they would recommend a process to defrock any priest who has become ‘notorious and is guilty of the serial, predatory sexual abuse of minors’.’
    • ‘Journalists rarely understand the full power of the press, but one authority we don't have is the power to defrock priests.’
    • ‘The Modernist clergyman who had led the revolt, found himself defrocked and excommunicated.’
    • ‘Don Vitaliano - Nothing But a Priest is a documentary about an anti-capitalist priest who has subsequently been defrocked.’
    • ‘As expected their new policy does determine that priests who offend from here on out will be defrocked.’
    • ‘If this story is true the priest who offered up this warped advice should be defrocked.’
    • ‘The bishop had been speaking about gun control at an anti-gun rally only a few days before the court hearing, and recommended that he be defrocked.’
    • ‘If he is ordained, he should be defrocked for violating confidentiality.’
    • ‘Because of Buddhism's central importance in national life, the state has long been reluctant to act against errant monks until they have been defrocked by the Buddhist hierarchy.’
    • ‘He has been suspended for six months while the matter is further investigated, and it appears almost a certainty that he will be defrocked.’
    • ‘He was also allegedly defrocked as a Russian Orthodox priest in his home country.’
    • ‘He was sentenced to a fine, whipping, defrocking, life imprisonment and pillorying four times a year for the rest of his life.’
    • ‘He was tried for heresy by the Free Church of Scotland and defrocked.’
    • ‘Now defrocked, he was free from government monastic regulations and duties, and yet he had not freely chosen the lay life for himself.’
    1. 1.1Deprive (someone) of professional status or membership of a prestigious group.
      ‘the Supreme Court found him in contempt of the tribunal and defrocked him as an appeals court judge’
      • ‘These defrocked workers are retraining for free in the city sponsored center, where they learn computer skills and facial massage.’
      • ‘In line with the law he was defrocked, and the commandments plaque was removed.’
      • ‘If you've accepted such behavior in the past and expect to continue this friendship in the future, it's wrong to insist on defrocking your friend.’
      • ‘If the gentlemen's code lauded self-sacrifice, its opposite selfishness - was behavior that, if egregious enough, could defrock a gentleman.’
      • ‘Some welcome the defrocking of consultants as a sign of democratisation: the people will not stand for being pulled apart and pushed around by men in white coats.’
      • ‘This courageous stand put him at odds with the chief justice, who has since been defrocked for thumbing his nose at the federal courts.’


Early 17th century from French défroquer, from dé- (expressing removal) + froc ‘frock’.