ex·com·mu·ni·ca·tion | \ ˌek-skə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən \

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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excommunicative \ˌek-skə-ˈmyü-nə-ˌkā-tiv, -ni-kə-tiv \ adjective

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By the time the two women escaped and reunited weeks later with Ms. Jesmin’s husband in a refugee camp in Bangladesh, the excommunication had begun. New York Times, "When a Baby Is an Everyday Reminder of Rohingya Horror," 7 July 2018 That kind of excommunication seems impossible today, even surreal. Chris Richards, chicagotribune.com, "The 5 hardest questions in pop music," 3 July 2018 Activities such as the cutting of trees or livestock grazing have been either prohibited or strictly regulated in these places (and disobeying these prohibitions sometimes led to excommunication). John Healey, John Halley And Kalliopi Stara, Smithsonian, "Sacred Sites Can Also Be Hotspots of Conservation," 17 May 2018 Under the deal, Zhan, in turn, would have his excommunication lifted by Pope Francis. Nicole Winfield, BostonGlobe.com, "Key unofficial bishop in Vatican-China deal detained," 27 Mar. 2018 His racial worldview has cost him jobs and led to his excommunication from his Orthodox Christian church. Marwa Eltagouri, chicagotribune.com, "White nationalist leader Matthew Heimbach arrested for domestic battery," 14 Mar. 2018 Bannon, ousted from the White House in August, has seen his excommunication finalized in the book’s wake. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Gary Cohn may soon be headed for the exits.," 8 Jan. 2018 But the upshot is that the RNC believes even smaller-scale admissions and generalized apologies are apparently worthy of excommunication, while blanket denials are preferable for anyone who wants to stay in the good graces of the party. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Republicans draw a very fine line between Steve Wynn and Harvey Weinstein, while keeping Wynn's money," 30 Jan. 2018 His excommunication — banned forever from league arenas — was historic, a loud message from the NBA that owners will be held to a minimal standard of human decency and honor. San Francisco Chronicle, "Slummin’ at a slumlord’s quiet place in Beverly Hills," 15 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of excommunication

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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