ex·​com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tion ˌek-skə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce excommunication (audio)
: an ecclesiastical censure depriving a person of the rights of church membership
: exclusion from fellowship in a group or community
excommunicative adjective

Examples of excommunication in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their religion or excommunication from it is part of their story, their history and their identity. Alex Zaragoza, Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2024 The 18-month-long affair ended in Garcia’s excommunication from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Garcia said. Suzanne Ciechalski, NBC News, 10 Nov. 2023 Such a label was tantamount to excommunication, an extreme concern as most of the accusers’ relatives are also Scientologists, prosecutors said. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2023 But amid all the arcana and arms deals, the enemies and excommunications, the series had a few key sustaining constants. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2023 Those who asked questions loud enough to be heard risked excommunication on charges of heresy. Ted Ladd, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2023 Under Benedict’s leadership, the Vatican loosened the restrictions on use of the old Latin Mass, which includes language many Jewish groups considered antisemitic and lifted the excommunication of a notorious bishop who denied the extent of the Holocaust. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 1 Jan. 2023 The revised code specifically warns that both the person who attempts to confer ordination on a woman and the woman herself incur automatic excommunication and that the cleric risks being defrocked. NBC News, 1 June 2021 The feudal intrigue of this alternate universe of assassins with 401Ks and discount lodging packages revolves this time around the excommunication of Winston Scott (Ian McShane), booted from the hitman aristocracy, his New York City hotel leveled. A.a. Dowd, Chron, 14 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Excommunication.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excommunication. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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