excommunicate

verb
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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excommunicate

adjective
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

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Verb

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

Adjective

excommunicate noun

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President Trump essentially excommunicated Stephen K. Bannon on Wednesday with a fire-breathing statement issued in response to a forthcoming book in which the former White House chief strategist is quoted extensively. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "'He lost his mind': Trump's excommunication of Steve Bannon, annotated," 3 Jan. 2018 China considered the Vatican’s insistence as an infringement on its sovereignty. Because of the dispute, China over the years named some bishops without papal consent, some of whom were then excommunicated by the church. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Pope acknowledges China bishop deal will cause suffering," 25 Sep. 2018 On Saturday, the Vatican announced that the pope was recognizing a new diocese Chengde, which the Chinese government had established in 2010 for excommunicated Bishop Guo Jincai, one of the seven newly recognized. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Vatican and China Sign Deal Over Bishops, Allowing Pope a Veto," 22 Sep. 2018 The Vatican has agreed to recognize as legitimate seven Chinese priests who had been excommunicated by Rome for accepting their bishop hats without Vatican approval. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Vatican’s China Syndrome," 14 Sep. 2018 Afraid the church was going to excommunicate him, Jackson begged Landis to have the film destroyed. Aja Romano, Vox, "Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is the eternal Halloween bop — and so much more," 31 Oct. 2018 In 1997 the patriarch of the Russian church excommunicated him and declared his followers schismatics. Michael Khodarkovsky, WSJ, "Russia Wages a Religious War Against Ukraine," 30 Sep. 2018 Young, a 65-year-old lifelong Mormon, becomes the third high-profile member of the faith who led protests about church policy to be excommunicated in recent years. Brady Mccombs, Fox News, "Mormon fighting to end youth interviews ousted from faith," 16 Sep. 2018 If ousted, Young would become the third high-profile Mormon who led protests about church policy to be excommunicated in recent years. Brady Mccombs, The Seattle Times, "Mormon man opposing youth interviews says ouster likely," 10 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of excommunicate

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1521, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for excommunicate

Verb

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

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excommunicate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of excommunicate

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

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