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excommunication

[eks-kuh-myoo-ni-key-shuh n] /ˌɛks kəˌmyu nɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of excommunicating.
2.
the state of being excommunicated.
3.
the ecclesiastical sentence by which a person is excommunicated.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Late Latin excommūnicātiōn- (stem of excommūnicātiō). See excommunicate, -ion
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Examples from the web for excommunication
  • 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.
  • They were threatened with excommunication and condemned as public sinners.
  • He even would go as far as to recommend excommunication if the case were to come before him.
  • Either the excommunication means something or nothing.
Word Origin and History for excommunication
n.

mid-15c., from Late Latin excommunicationem (nominative excommunicatio), from past participle stem of excommunicare "put out of the community," in Church Latin "to expel from communion," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + communicare, from communis "common" (see common).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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