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unchurched

[uhn-churcht] /ʌnˈtʃɜrtʃt/
adjective
1.
not being a member of a church; not attending any church.
Origin of unchurched
1675-1685
1675-85; un-1 + church + -ed2

unchurch

[uhn-church] /ʌnˈtʃɜrtʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to expel (a person) from a church; excommunicate.
2.
to deprive of the character and rights of a church.
Origin
1610-20; un-2 + church
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  • The elfin race were supposed to be on the watch for unchurched or unsained mothers to have the benefit of their milk.

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • It has unchurched millions, is still unchurching at a tremendous rate, and will end by unchurching itself.

    Explanation of Catholic Morals John H. Stapleton
  • Why should we be "unchurched" any more than the continental churches?

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • I have listened, of a Monday morning, to an essay in a ministers' meeting on the problem of the "unchurched."

    By the Christmas Fire Samuel McChord Crothers
  • Especially in Beaverhead and Hughes, this area is unchurched and to a great extent neglected.

British Dictionary definitions for unchurched

unchurch

/ʌnˈtʃɜːtʃ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to excommunicate
2.
to remove church status from (a building)
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Word Origin and History for unchurched
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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