excommunication

noun ex·com·mu·ni·ca·tion \ ˌek-skə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

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

excommunicative

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

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First Known Use of excommunication

15th century



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