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

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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 Despite that acquittal, five of the seven bishops were effectively excommunicated from the Church of England — not for their disloyalty to James, but their loyalty to him. Declan Leary, National Review, "Conservatives Should Not Celebrate Religious Tyranny and Coercion," 19 July 2019 Jordyn will be excommunicated by the KarJenners and put on public trial by social media in the aftermath of one night out with Tristan Thompson. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Jordyn Woods Went To This Major Kardashian Event & KUWTK Couldn’t Handle It," 10 June 2019 The church said Bratton is no longer a member, is no longer receiving a salary, and that he was excommunicated by the church the following Sunday, May 19. CBS News, "Southern Baptist pastor in Texas charged with sex abuse of a teen family member," 17 June 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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