excommunicate

verb
ex·​com·​mu·​ni·​cate | \ˌek-skə-ˈmyü-nə-ˌkāt \
excommunicated; excommunicating; excommunicates

Definition of excommunicate 

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excommunicate

adjective
ex·​com·​mu·​ni·​cate | \ˌek-skə-ˈmyü-ni-kət \

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 \ noun

Adjective

excommunicate noun

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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 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, Fox News, "Pope acknowledges China bishop deal will cause suffering," 25 Sep. 2018 Beijing’s major condition for signing has been that the pope recognize the seven Chinese bishops excommunicated by Rome over the years. Eva Dou, WSJ, "China and Vatican to Sign Landmark Deal Over Bishops," 14 Sep. 2018 Years later, Sawyer got excommunicated, too, after seeking a divorce from an abusive husband. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses break silence on shunning: 'My mother treats me like I'm dead'," 18 Mar. 2018 Both are celebrity crack for regular people, but only one can make the following happen without being excommunicated by the Queen of England. Samantha Sasso, refinery29.com, "Kristen Bell's Summer Beauty Secret Is Wearing Gloves In The Pool," 10 July 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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