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excommunicate

[ verb eks-kuh-myoo-ni-keyt; noun, adjective eks-kuh-myoo-ni-kit, -keyt ]
/ verb 藢蓻ks k蓹藞myu n瑟藢ke瑟t; noun, adjective 藢蓻ks k蓹藞myu n瑟 k瑟t, -藢ke瑟t /
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verb (used with object), ex路com路mu路ni路cat路ed, ex路com路mu路ni路cat路ing.
to cut off from communion with a church or exclude from the sacraments of a church by ecclesiastical sentence.
to exclude or expel from membership or participation in any group, association, etc.: an advertiser excommunicated from a newspaper.
noun
an excommunicated person.
adjective
cut off from communion with a church; excommunicated.
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Origin of excommunicate

1375鈥1425; late Middle English excommunicaten (v.) <Late Latin excomm奴nic膩tus literally, put out of the community (past participle of excomm奴nic膩re), equivalent to ex-ex-1 + comm奴n(is) common, public + -ic- (by analogy with comm奴nic膩re to communicate) + -膩tus-ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM excommunicate

ex路com路mu路ni路ca路tor, nounun路ex路com路mu路ni路cat路ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for excommunicate

excommunicate
/ RC Church /

verb (藢蓻ksk蓹藞mju藧n瑟藢ke瑟t)
(tr) to sentence (a member of the Church) to exclusion from the communion of believers and from the privileges and public prayers of the Church
adjective (藢蓻ksk蓹藞mju藧n瑟k瑟t, -藢ke瑟t)
having incurred such a sentence
noun (藢蓻ksk蓹藞mju藧n瑟k瑟t, -藢ke瑟t)
an excommunicated person

Derived forms of excommunicate

excommunicable, adjectiveexcommunication, nounexcommunicative or excommunicatory, adjectiveexcommunicator, noun

Word Origin for excommunicate

C15: from Late Latin excomm奴nic膩re, literally: to exclude from the community, from Latin comm奴nis common
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