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

Definition of excommunicate 

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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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excommunicator \ˌek-skə-ˈmyü-nə-ˌkā-tər \ noun


excommunicate noun

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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 The divorce did not fall in line with the church's beliefs, leaving Forrest excommunicated and banned from seeing his children. Alyssa Fiorentino, Woman's Day, "New Details About Dad Who Wouldn't Abandon Baby With Down Syndrome Raise Questions In His Story," 10 Feb. 2015 Cox was excommunicated by a vote of 22-12, but thank God, Charley was back in chains. Michael Harriot, The Root, "A Brief History of People Using Romans 13 to Justify White Supremacy," 15 June 2018 The Vatican is now ready to accept these terms, and its officials intend to hand over the legal documentation of the pope’s rehabilitation of the seven excommunicated bishops at the next meeting, according to people familiar with the matter. Eva Dou, WSJ, "Abide in Darkness: China’s War on Religion Stalls Vatican Deal," 9 May 2018 One after another, Buckley and the National Review purged and excommunicated all the radicals, all the nonrespectables. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "National Review’s Own Struggle With “Ideological Diversity”," 6 Apr. 2018 And yet those are the ones that kind of are excommunicated forever. Drew Magary, GQ, "Sarah Silverman Is the Troll Slayer," 23 May 2018 And yet those are the ones that kind of are excommunicated forever. Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter, "Sarah Silverman "Horrified" by 2007 Blackface Sketch," 23 May 2018 And yet those are the ones that kind of are excommunicated forever. Mark Shanahan, BostonGlobe.com, "Sarah Silverman defends Louis C.K.," 23 May 2018

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

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