• WordNet 3.6
    • v unchurch exclude from a church or a religious community "The gay priest was excommunicated when he married his partner"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Unchurch To deprive of the character, privileges, and authority of a church.
    • Unchurch To expel, or cause to separate, from a church; to excommunicate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unchurch To expel from a church; deprive of the character and rights of a church; excommunicate.
    • unchurch To refuse the name or character of a church to.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Unchurch un-church′ to deprive of the rights of a church: to refuse the name of church to.
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Of course, money will do after its kind, and will steadily work to unspiritualize and unchurch the people to whom it was bequeathed.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1st pref. un-, + church,


In literature:

The first concern of all the churches should be to reach the unchurched and to make church friends of the church-haters.
"John Wesley, Jr." by Dan B. Brummitt
In its unchurchly form it is powerless.
"The Christian Home" by Samuel Philips
He does not unchurch or ostracise any other man.
"Sir Thomas Browne and his 'Religio Medici' an Appreciation" by Alexander Whyte
And is it not fit and equal that God should unchurch us and unpeople us?
"The Covenants And The Covenanters" by Various
Why should we be "unchurched" any more than the continental churches?
"The Story of My Life" by Egerton Ryerson
The elfin race were supposed to be on the watch for unchurched or unsained mothers to have the benefit of their milk.
"The Science of Fairy Tales" by Edwin Sidney Hartland
It is decidedly unchurchly.
"The Cathedrals and Churches of the Rhine" by Francis Miltoun
It was a church of the unchurched.
"Recollections and Impressions" by Octavius Brooks Frothingham
Especially in Beaverhead and Hughes, this area is unchurched and to a great extent neglected.
"The Church on the Changing Frontier" by Helen O. Belknap

In news:

Jim Petersen shares what he's learned from over 25 years of working with the unchurched.