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


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ex·​com·​mu·​ni·​cate ˌek-skə-ˈmyü-ni-kət How to pronounce excommunicate (audio)
: excluded from the rights of church membership : excommunicated
excommunicate noun

Examples of excommunicate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The diocese then warned that the sisters could be excommunicated for their actions. Elizabeth Campbell, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 23 Apr. 2024 There are no reports of any effort to excommunicate the president from the Holy See Press Office, Vatican News or any credible media outlets, though some Catholic leaders have promoted the idea. Brieanna J. Frank, USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2024 Feliciano shouldn’t be excommunicated for pointing out Burford’s gaffe, but perhaps the 49ers look for a young brute to take over at right guard and/or to challenge Brendel at center. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, 26 Feb. 2024 The film portrays Oppenheimer's development of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Japan during World War II and chronicles the period when the famed physicist was essentially excommunicated from American power. Jessica Simeone, NBC News, 8 Jan. 2024 None would answer the question except for Christie, who, with his annoying faux heroism, commended his colleagues and voted for Trump to be excommunicated. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 8 Dec. 2023 The only unfortunate dour note is Róisín Murphy, who was excommunicated from the girls-and-gays community following anti-trans comments made on Facebook, including misrepresenting gender-affirming health care. Vulture, 21 Nov. 2023 John Bailey, an accomplished cinematographer who was president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 2017 to 2019, a tumultuous period when Harvey Weinstein was excommunicated from the group and complaints mounted about the Academy Awards ceremony, died on Friday. Alex Traub, New York Times, 13 Nov. 2023 As for Hamas, it and its supporters should be excommunicated by humanity. TIME, 16 Oct. 2023

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Word History



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

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1521, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of excommunicate was in the 15th century

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“Excommunicate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excommunicate. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


excommunicated; excommunicating
: to shut off officially from the rights of church membership
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