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[v. eks-kuh-myoo-ni-keyt; n., adj. eks-kuh-myoo-ni-kit, -keyt] /v. ˌɛks kəˈmyu nɪˌkeɪt; n., adj. 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.
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English excommunicaten (v.) < Late Latin excommūnicātus literally, put out of the community (past participle of excommūnicāre), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + commūn(is) common, public + -ic- (by analogy with commūnicāre to communicate) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
excommunicator, noun
unexcommunicated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for excommunicated
  • People worried especially about those who had been excommunicated and denied burial in a church-approved cemetery.
  • Today, any member of the church known to enter into polygamy is excommunicated.
  • Indeed, any church member who engages in polygamy is excommunicated, whether the native country allows the practice or not.
  • The archbishop has all but excommunicated the church board for its refusal to turn over church property to his control.
  • As a matter of fact, some of their bishops were officially excommunicated some years ago.
  • The witness claimed that he was not informed why he had been excommunicated.
  • He was removed from positions of authority and eventually excommunicated.
  • excommunicated if information told in confession is revealed.
  • It finds itself excommunicated by its own minister because it has declined to excommunicate.
British Dictionary definitions for 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
Derived Forms
excommunicable, adjective
excommunication, noun
excommunicative, excommunicatory, adjective
excommunicator, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin excommūnicāre, literally: to exclude from the community, from Latin commūniscommon
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Word Origin and History for excommunicated



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

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