- 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.
- an excommunicated person.
- cut off from communion with a church; excommunicated.
Origin of excommunicate
Related Words for excommunicateoust, curse, eject, expel, repudiate, proscribe, dismiss, denounce, remove, ban, exclude, anathematize, unchurch
Examples from the Web for excommunicate
Contemporary Examples of excommunicate
And rather than fight with them, they'll just excommunicate and ignore him, which half of them have already done anyway, probably.Conservative Schism? Not Getting My Hopes Up
September 18, 2012
Jewish and world leaders privately asked him to excommunicate Hitler, but he declined to do so.The Savior of Sobibor
October 14, 2013
Historical Examples of excommunicate
I do not know whether he did not even threaten to excommunicate all of us, living and dead.My Double Life
Suppose the Pope were to excommunicate one of the two brothers.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
She was a heretic whom any Court of Love must excommunicate.Little Novels of Italy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
The whole world may excommunicate me—I don't trouble myself!The Home
We should excommunicate rich and poor alike, and pretty freely too.The Way of All Flesh
- (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
- having incurred such a sentence
- an excommunicated person
Word Origin for excommunicate
early 15c., from Late Latin excommunicatus, past participle of excommunicare (see excommunication). Related: Excommunicated; excommunicating.