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herem

[Sephardic Hebrew khe-rem; Ashkenazic Hebrew khey-ruh m] /Sephardic Hebrew ˈxɛ rɛm; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈxeɪ rəm/
noun, Hebrew.
1.
the most severe form of excommunication, formerly used by rabbis in sentencing wrongdoers, usually for an indefinite period of time.
Origin of herem
ḥerem literally, banishment
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