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[verb eks-kuh-myoo-ni-keyt; noun, adjective eks-kuh-myoo-ni-kit, -keyt] /verb ˌɛks kəˈmyu nɪˌkeɪt; noun, adjective ˌɛks kəˈmyu nɪ kɪt, -ˌkeɪt/

verb (used with object), excommunicated, excommunicating.
to cut off from communion with a church or exclude from the sacraments of a church by ecclesiastical sentence.
to exclude or expel from membership or participation in any group, association, etc.:
an advertiser excommunicated from a newspaper.
an excommunicated person.
cut off from communion with a church; excommunicated.
verb (ˌɛkskəˈmjuːnɪˌkeɪt)
(transitive) to sentence (a member of the Church) to exclusion from the communion of believers and from the privileges and public prayers of the Church
adjective (ˌɛkskəˈmjuːnɪkɪt; -ˌkeɪt)
having incurred such a sentence
noun (ˌɛkskəˈmjuːnɪkɪt; -ˌkeɪt)
an excommunicated person

early 15c., from Late Latin excommunicatus, past participle of excommunicare (see excommunication). Related: Excommunicated; excommunicating.


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