herem

or che·rem

[ Sephardic Hebrew khe-rem; Ashkenazic Hebrew khey-ruh m ]
/ Sephardic Hebrew ˈxɛ rɛm; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈxeɪ rəm /
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noun Hebrew.

the most severe form of excommunication, formerly used by rabbis in sentencing wrongdoers, usually for an indefinite period of time.

Origin of herem

ḥerem literally, banishment
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