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

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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 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 Knowing that contacting law enforcement can lead to excommunication and being cut off from family and friends who remain in the church, members often remain silent, according to Rinder and testimony delivered in court last week. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2021 Knowing that contacting law enforcement can lead to excommunication and being cut off from family and friends who remain in the church, members often remain silent, according to Rinder and testimony delivered in court last week. al, 27 May 2021 One questions them on pain of expulsion, excommunication. Lance Morrow, WSJ, 16 May 2021 His excommunication is a signal that baseball is finally trying to change a culture too often hostile to women. New York Times, 30 Apr. 2021 Local lay leaders could choose to take no action, restrict her membership or withdraw it (the latter penalty used to be termed excommunication). Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Apr. 2021 And on the political left, Hamid said, people have taken up religious notions such as sin and excommunication and repurposed them for secular ends. Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Mar. 2021 Religions have frozen out individuals for centuries: Catholics call it excommunication, herem is the highest form of punishment in Judaism, and the Amish practice Meidung. Daryl Austin, The Atlantic, 26 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of excommunication

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Jun 2021

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“Excommunication.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excommunication. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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