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
excommunicativeplay \ˌek-skə-ˈmyü-nə-ˌkā-tiv, -ni-kə-tiv\ adjective
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In Heretics, Spinoza also served as the paradigmatic recipient of excommunication, an example of the terrible fate of those who run afoul of dogma.
The first such act of ideological excommunication came in the pages of National Review in 1957, two years after Buckley founded the magazine.
In his final act of excommunication, Buckley took a stand against the paleoconservative Pat Buchanan in 1991 for expressing opposition to the Persian Gulf war in terms that were both incendiary and undeniably anti-Semitic.
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