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disfellowship

[dis-fel-oh-ship] /dɪsˈfɛl oʊˌʃɪp/
noun
1.
(in some Protestant religions) the status of a member who, because of some serious infraction of church policy, has been denied the church's sacraments and any post of responsibility and is officially shunned by other members.
verb (used with object), disfellowshiped, disfellowshiping or (especially British) disfellowshipped, disfellowshipping.
2.
to place in the status of disfellowship.
Origin of disfellowship
1600-1610
1600-10; dis-1 + fellowship
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  • Churches did not disfellowship each other over the organ question, but many congregations divided on it.

    An American Religious Movement Winfred Ernest Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for disfellowship

disfellowship

/ˌdɪsˈfɛləʊʃɪp/
verb (transitive) -ships, -shipping, -shipped (US) -ships, -shiping, -shiped
1.
to excommunicate
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