excommunicate


1ex·com·mu·ni·cate

transitive verb \ˌek-skə-ˈmyü-nə-ˌkāt\

: to not allow (someone) to continue being a member of the Roman Catholic church

Full Definition of EXCOMMUNICATE

:  to subject to excommunication
ex·com·mu·ni·ca·tor \-ˌkā-tər\ noun

Origin of EXCOMMUNICATE

Middle English, from Late Latin excommunicatus, past participle of excommunicare, from Latin ex- + Late Latin communicare to communicate
First Known Use: 15th century

2ex·com·mu·ni·cate

adjective \-ni-kət\

Definition of EXCOMMUNICATE

:  excluded from the rights of church membership :  excommunicated
excommunicate noun

First Known Use of EXCOMMUNICATE

1521

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