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Definition of defrock verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

defrock

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈfrɒk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈfrɑːk//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they defrock
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈfrɒk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈfrɑːk//
 
he / she / it defrocks
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈfrɒks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈfrɑːks//
 
past simple defrocked
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈfrɒkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈfrɑːkt//
 
past participle defrocked
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈfrɒkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈfrɑːkt//
 
-ing form defrocking
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈfrɒkɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈfrɑːkɪŋ//
 
 
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[usually passive] defrock somebody to officially remove a priest from his or her job, because he or she has done something wrong a defrocked priest Word Origin early 17th cent.: from French défroquer, from dé- (expressing removal) + froc ‘frock’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: defrock