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excommunication

[eks-kuh-myoo-ni-key-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the act of excommunicating.
  2. the state of being excommunicated.
  3. the ecclesiastical sentence by which a person is excommunicated.
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Origin of excommunication

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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