defrock

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From French défroquer, from dé- + froc.

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defrock (third-person singular simple present defrocks, present participle defrocking, simple past and past participle defrocked)

  1. (literally) to divest of a frock
  2. (figuratively) to formally remove the rights and authority of a member of the clergy.
    The defrocked priest may no longer perform rites.

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