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excommunication

[eks-kuh-myoo-ni-key-shuh n] /ˌɛks kəˌmyu nɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of excommunicating.
2.
the state of being excommunicated.
3.
the ecclesiastical sentence by which a person is excommunicated.
Origin of excommunication
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Late Latin excommūnicātiōn- (stem of excommūnicātiō). See excommunicate, -ion
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n.

mid-15c., from Late Latin excommunicationem (nominative excommunicatio), from past participle stem of excommunicare "put out of the community," in Church Latin "to expel from communion," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + communicare, from communis "common" (see common).

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