excommunication

[ eks-kuh-myoo-ni-key-shuh n ]
/ ˌɛks kəˌmyu nɪˈkeɪ ʃən /

noun

the act of excommunicating.
the state of being excommunicated.
the ecclesiastical sentence by which a person is excommunicated.

Origin of excommunication

1425–75; late Middle English < Late Latin excommūnicātiōn- (stem of excommūnicātiō). See excommunicate, -ion
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for excommunication

Word Origin and History for excommunication

excommunication


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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper