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

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


excommunicate noun

Examples of excommunicate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb By 1910 members who continued the practice were excommunicated. Ray Sanchez, CNN, "Mormon quest for peace and freedom in Mexico shattered by violence and adversity," 6 Nov. 2019 At least five priests were excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church because of their refusal to stop participating in other religious activity. Anchorage Daily News, "Without oversight, scores of accused priests commit crimes," 5 Oct. 2019 At least five priests were excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church because of their refusal to stop participating in other religious activity. NBC News, "Almost 1,700 priests and clergy accused of sex abuse are unsupervised," 4 Oct. 2019 According to letters written during this time, between 1997 and 1998 Anne Byrd excommunicated her brother and Legacy bandmate, Brad, and his family. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Chapter Five: The Remnant," 20 July 2019 But Johnson’s move excommunicated some of the grandest and most respected figures in the party, including former chancellors Kenneth Clarke and Philip Hammond. Washington Post, "Boris Johnson faces another possible rebellion as Parliament debates Brexit delay," 4 Sep. 2019 Eventually, Bill and the fourth brother, Frederick, were excommunicated from the family business, sent away with $1.1 billion. Philip Elliott, Time, "David Koch's Millions Remade the Republican Party. He Didn't Like the Results," 23 Aug. 2019 Pope John had Formosus excommunicated in 876 and expelled from his diocese. National Geographic, "In 897, the corpse of a pope was exhumed—to be put on trial.," 20 Aug. 2019 Today many of these public figures act as if the sport is all better now that Landis and Armstrong have been excommunicated. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "Floyd Landis Still Has a Lot to Say," 19 July 2019

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

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English Language Learners Definition of excommunicate

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

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