unchurched


unchurched

adjective

  1. not being a member of a church; not attending any church.

verb (used with object)

  1. to expel (a person) from a church; excommunicate.
  2. to deprive of the character and rights of a church.

verb (tr)

  1. to excommunicate
  2. to remove church status from (a building)

adj.1680s, from un- (1) “not” + churched “committed or belonging to a church” (see church (v.)). A verb, unchurch “to remove or exclude (someone) from membership in a church” is recorded from 1610s.

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