excommunicates, excommunicating, excommunicated
If a Roman Catholic or member of the Orthodox Church is excommunicated, it is publicly and officially stated that the person is no longer allowed to be a member of the Church. This is a punishment for some very great wrong that they have done.

[be V-ed] Eventually, he was excommunicated along with his mentor...

[V n] In 1766 he excommunicated the village for its `depraved diversion.'

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excommunication [[t]e̱kskəmjuːnɪke͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] plural N-VAR

...the threat of excommunication.

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  • Excommunicate — Ex com*mu ni*cate, a. [L. excommunicatus, p. p. of communicare to excommunicate; ex out + communicare. See {Communicate}.] Excommunicated; interdicted from the rites of the church. n. One excommunicated. [1913 Webster] Thou shalt stand cursed and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Excommunicate — Ex com*mu ni*cate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Excommunicated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Excommunicating}.] 1. To put out of communion; especially, to cut off, or shut out, from communion with the church, by an ecclesiastical sentence. [1913 Webster] 2. To lay… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • excommunicate — index condemn (ban), debar, eliminate (exclude), exclude, expel, isolate, relegate …   Law dictionary

  • excommunicate — (v.) early 15c., from L.L. excommunicatus, pp. of excommunicare (see EXCOMMUNICATION (Cf. excommunication)). Related: Excommunicated; excommunicating …   Etymology dictionary

  • excommunicate — [v] banish anathematize, ban, cast out, curse, denounce, dismiss, eject, exclude, expel, oust, proscribe, remove, repudiate, unchurch; concepts 317,367 Ant. allow, include, permit, welcome …   New thesaurus

  • excommunicate — ► VERB ▪ officially exclude from the sacraments and services of the Christian Church. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ excommunicated. ► NOUN ▪ an excommunicated person. DERIVATIVES excommunication noun. ORIGIN Latin excommunicare, f …   English terms dictionary

  • excommunicate — [eks΄kə myo͞o′ni kāt΄; ] for adj. & n., usually [, eks΄kə myo͞o′nikit] vt. excommunicated, excommunicating [ME excommunicaten < LL(Ec) excommunicatus, pp. of excommunicare: see EX 1 & COMMUNICATE] to exclude, by an act of ecclesiastical… …   English World dictionary

  • excommunicate — UK [ˌekskəˈmjuːnɪˌkeɪt] / US [ˌekskəˈmjunɪˌkeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms excommunicate : present tense I/you/we/they excommunicate he/she/it excommunicates present participle excommunicating past tense excommunicated past participle… …   English dictionary

  • excommunicate — I. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin excommunicatus, past participle of excommunicare, from Latin ex + Late Latin communicare to communicate Date: 15th century to subject to excommunication • excommunicator noun II.… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • excommunicate — excommunicator, n. v. /eks keuh myooh ni kayt /; n., adj. /eks keuh myooh ni kit, kayt /, v., excommunicated, excommunicating, n., adj. v.t. 1. to cut off from communion with a church or exclude from the sacraments of a church by ecclesiastical… …   Universalium

  • excommunicate — 1. adjective /ˌɛkskəˈmjuːnɪkət,ˌɛkskəˈmjunəkət,ˌɛkskəˈmjuːnɪkeɪt,ˌɛkskəˈmjunəkeɪt/ Excommunicated. the iewes had conspyred allredy that yff eny man did confesse that he was Christ, he shulde be excommunicat out of the Sinagoge. 2. noun… …   Wiktionary

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