Definition of disfellowship in English:



mass noun
  • Exclusion from fellowship, especially as a form of discipline in some Protestant and Mormon Churches.

    • ‘I have just received the transcript of the disfellowship appeal meeting from a person I know.’
    • ‘If he presented our disfellowship as a vote of confidence in him, they did not see any option but to support him however much they disagreed.’
    • ‘The ‘disfellowship’ means he will retain his membership but lose certain privileges, such as being able to go into temples.’
    • ‘If, because of the disfellowship that happens, the person finally does humbly repent, then it will be our joy to welcome that person back.’
    • ‘If even a public rebuke fails, the final effort to restore the person will be the "disfellowship" of that person.’
    exclusion, rejection, repudiation, shunning, spurning, the cold shoulder, cold-shouldering, boycotting, blackballing, blacklisting, snubbing, avoidance, barring, banishment, exile, expulsion
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[with object]
  • Exclude (someone) from fellowship.

    • ‘‘When people are disfellowshipped because they're gay,’ he says, ‘they lose their entire support network, often including their families.’’
    • ‘There are rumors that you have been disfellowshipped?’
    • ‘In June 2000, they issued a directive stating that the organisation would no longer disfellowship members who did not comply with the policy of refusal of blood.’
    • ‘Since 1961 the church has enforced it by ‘disfellowshipping’ or expelling un-repentant members who wilfully accept prohibited blood components.’
    rebuff, spurn, repudiate, cut off, cast off, cast aside, discard, jettison, abandon, desert, turn one's back on, have nothing to do with, have nothing more to do with, wash one's hands of, cast out, shut out, exclude, shun, cold-shoulder, give someone the cold shoulder
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