ex·​com·​mu·​ni·​cate | \ ˌek-skə-ˈmyü-nə-ˌkāt How to pronounce excommunicate (audio) \
excommunicated; excommunicating; excommunicates

Definition of excommunicate

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ex·​com·​mu·​ni·​cate | \ ˌek-skə-ˈmyü-ni-kət How to pronounce excommunicate (audio) \

Definition of excommunicate (Entry 2 of 2)

: excluded from the rights of church membership : excommunicated

Other Words from excommunicate


excommunicator \ ˌek-​skə-​ˈmyü-​nə-​ˌkā-​tər How to pronounce excommunicate (audio) \ noun


excommunicate noun

Examples of excommunicate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The church should excommunicate these two leaders of an atheistic, communist state, signaling that the punishment might well be extended to the hereafter. WSJ, 7 July 2022 On Saturday, just a little more than five years after Cheney scored that first congressional win, Wyoming Republicans disavowed her and called on their national counterparts to excommunicate her from the party entirely. Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2021 Many, if not most, of those investors were Mennonites, and the religious community’s judgment has been swift: Three of the owners have been excommunicated. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2019 The Pope—not angry, just disappointed—excommunicated him. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, 16 Mar. 2020 The main LDS Church, headquartered in Utah, abandoned polygamy and began to crack down on its practice by excommunicating members. Brittany Shammas, Washington Post, 5 Nov. 2019 Ron Lafferty eventually adopted his brother’s thinking and the two were excommunicated from the faith in 1983. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Nov. 2019 And yet, there the old man sits, hunched over in some lifeless, windowless palace of gaming or at a speaking engagement in Poughkeepsie, signing his name to baseballs, excommunicated. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, 14 Jan. 2020 The priest declared that she would be excommunicated. Emma Green, The Atlantic, 12 Dec. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of excommunicate


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1521, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for excommunicate


Middle English, from Late Latin excommunicatus, past participle of excommunicare, from Latin ex- + Late Latin communicare to communicate

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“Excommunicate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excommunicate. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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