excommunication

noun
ex·​com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tion | \ ˌek-skə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce excommunication (audio) \

Definition of excommunication

1 : an ecclesiastical censure depriving a person of the rights of church membership
2 : exclusion from fellowship in a group or community

Other Words from excommunication

excommunicative \ ˌek-​skə-​ˈmyü-​nə-​ˌkā-​tiv How to pronounce excommunication (audio) , -​ni-​kə-​tiv \ adjective

Examples of excommunication in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On a different show, such a misstep might be more explosive, resulting in excommunication or insults that can’t be taken back. Selome Hailu, Variety, 14 July 2022 There’s a flashback to Ron going to his parents’ house right after his excommunication. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 May 2022 The murders were believed to have been triggered by Ron Lafferty’s religious views, which has led to his excommunication from the LDS Church and prompted his wife to divorce him in early 1984. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Mar. 2022 The murders were believed to have been triggered by Ron Lafferty’s religious views, which prompted his excommunication from the LDS Church and prompted his wife to divorce him in early 1984 and move to Florida with their six children. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 June 2021 An apostate from the faith, a heretic, or a schismatic automatically incurs excommunication, when the delict (or violation) is committed. Fr. Goran Jovicic, National Review, 13 June 2021 Last month, the Vatican released a new penal code that specified automatic excommunication for any attempt to ordain a woman. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, 16 July 2021 To the modern ear, excommunication evokes images of dueling popes, Protestant heretics, the Spanish Inquisition and Henry VIII. The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 June 2021 In this scenario, the Church’s supreme authority will have no other option than to declare the excommunication publicly. Fr. Goran Jovicic, National Review, 13 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of excommunication

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

24 Jul 2022

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“Excommunication.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excommunication. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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