Definition of unfrock in English:



  • another term for defrock
    • ‘At a council held at Westminster in October 1163 Henry demanded that criminous clerks should be unfrocked by the Church and handed over to the lay courts for punishment.’
    • ‘He reminded Latimer of a high church priest he had known in England who had been unfrocked for embezzling the altar fund.’
    • ‘But they reveal the truth, and the messenger is unfrocked and imprisoned in a dark dungeon.’
    • ‘Instead, however, he attached himself to the Austrian court, becoming Joseph I's diplomatic agent in Italy and enjoying a luxurious way of life which in 1711 led to demands that he be unfrocked.’