excommunication

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excommunication

[eks-kuh-myoo-ni-key-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act of excommunicating.
2.
the state of being excommunicated.
3.
the ecclesiastical sentence by which a person is excommunicated.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English < Late Latin excommūnicātiōn- (stem of excommūnicātiō). See excommunicate, -ion

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excommunicate
 
vb
1.  (tr) to sentence (a member of the Church) to exclusion from the communion of believers and from the privileges and public prayers of the Church
 
adj
2.  having incurred such a sentence
 
n
3.  an excommunicated person
 
[C15: from Late Latin excommūnicāre, literally: to exclude from the community, from Latin commūniscommon]
 
excom'municable
 
adj
 
excommuni'cation
 
n
 
excom'municative
 
adj
 
excom'municatory
 
adj
 
excom'municator
 
n

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excommunication
late 15c., from L.L. excommunicatus, pp. of excommunicare, in Church L. "to expel from communion," lit. "put out of the community," from ex- "out" + communis "common" (see common).
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Example sentences
Anyone caught violating a ban risks excommunication.
Bishops threatened supporters of the measure with excommunication.
To act against their admonitions is to risk excommunication and possibly
  damnation.
The deliberating and balloting are conducted in secrecy enforced by threat of
  excommunication.
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