unfrock

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v unfrock divest of the frock; of church officials
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Unfrock To deprive or divest or a frock; specifically, to deprive of priestly character or privilege; as, to unfrock a priest.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unfrock To deprive of a frock; divest of a frock; hence, referring to a monk's frock, to deprive of ecclesiastical rank or authority.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Unfrock un-frokā€² to strip of a frock or gown, esp. a monk, &c.
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Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

In all this world nobody else comes to such unmerciful and universal grief as the unfrocked priest.
"The Damnation of Theron Ware" by Harold Frederic
I saw a frail little man with a long, yellow face and sunken fanatical eyes, an Inquisitor, an unfrocked monk.
"The Arrow of Gold" by Joseph Conrad
Nothing can equal the prudence of a man of Gaubertin's stamp, unless it be that of an ex-gendarme or an unfrocked priest.
"Sons of the Soil" by Honore de Balzac
They are obliged, in order to supply their places, to hunt up unfrocked monks of a questionable character.
"The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 2 (of 6)" by Hippolyte A. Taine
Simply unfrock him, and take away his living altogether.
"The Last Chronicle of Barset" by Anthony Trollope
Do you know what it means to be an unfrocked priest?
"Charred Wood" by Myles Muredach
As for the bishops who voted the Canada bill, they ought to be unfrocked.
"The Bow of Orange Ribbon" by Amelia E. Barr
He may come to be a worthy soldier, and so justify me in allowing him to unfrock himself.
"Both Sides the Border" by G. A. Henty
He was afterwards unfrocked for riotous living, but the stud was produced.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, December 15, 1920" by Various
But not on that account do I wish to unfrock myself; nor certainly on that account do I wish to be deprived of my wife.
"Dr. Wortle's School" by Anthony Trollope
Apparently he is an unfrocked priest, one who has gone under.
"The Green Rust" by Edgar Wallace
A monk cannot be unfrocked by his fellows.
"The Soul of a People" by H. Fielding
Your mother sold you at twelve years old to an unfrocked priest named Tormes?
"The Spanish Jade" by Maurice Hewlett
Waite is an unfrocked priest!
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Like the priest, the journalist can never unfrock himself.
"Confessions Of Con Cregan An Irish Gil Blas" by Charles James Lever
Obey my pleasure, or I will forthwith unfrock you.
"Highways and Byways in Cambridge and Ely" by Edward Conybeare
He was unfrocked and cast out.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 6 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Discussions" by Robert G. Ingersoll
Is it to be expected that they will unfrock themselves?
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 11 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Miscellany" by Robert G. Ingersoll
He thanked fortune now for the chapel game; few enough in Aniston would care to see the unfrocked, disgraced rector of St. James!
"Satan Sanderson" by Hallie Erminie Rives
He was one of those "unfrocked priests" whom people usually blame because they refuse to preach what seems to them a lie.
"The Surprises of Life" by Georges Clemenceau
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In poetry:

Three girls, with shoulders like a boat at sea
Tipped sideways by the wave (their clothing slid
From either ridge unequally),
Lean, swift and voluble, bestrid
A starting-point, unfrocked to the bent knee.
"The Orchard And The Heath" by George Meredith