• WordNet 3.6
    • v excommunicate exclude from a church or a religious community "The gay priest was excommunicated when he married his partner"
    • v excommunicate oust or exclude from a group or membership by decree
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1924, Pope Urban VIII threatened to excommunicate snuff users.
    • a Excommunicate Excommunicated; interdicted from the rites of the church. "Thou shalt stand cursed and excommunicate ."
    • Excommunicate To lay under the ban of the church; to interdict. "Martin the Fifth . . . was the first that excommunicated the reading of heretical books."
    • Excommunicate To put out of communion; especially, to cut off, or shut out, from communion with the church, by an ecclesiastical sentence.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • excommunicate Eccles., to cut off by an ecclesiastical sentence, either from the sacraments of the church or from all fellowship and intercourse with its members. See excommunication.
    • excommunicate Hence To expel from and deprive of the privileges of membership in any association.
    • excommunicate To prohibit on pain of excommunication.
    • excommunicate Cut off from communion; excommunicated.
    • n excommunicate One who is excommunicated; one cut off from any privilege.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Excommunicate eks-kom-ūn′i-kāt to put out of or expel from the communion of the church: to deprive of church privileges
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  • Sir Edward Coke
    Sir Edward Coke
    “Corporations cannot commit treason, or be outlawed or excommunicated, for they have no souls.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “With a pen in my hand I have successfully stormed bulwarks from which others armed with sword and excommunication have been repulsed.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. excommunicatus, p. p. of communicare, to excommunicate; ex out + communicare,. See Communicate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Late L. excommunicāre—L. ex, out, communis, common.


In literature:

Sixty penalties have been reckoned as accruing upon excommunication.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
Thomas de Marle was put under ban by the king and excommunicated by the church.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
The Jesuits threaten young Biencourt with excommunication.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
To excommunicate a child from this would be a strange procedure.
"Bertha and Her Baptism" by Nehemiah Adams
For listening to Abby Kelley, men and women had been excommunicated.
"Susan B. Anthony" by Alma Lutz
They settled down in the valley of Honnef, and no excommunication has driven them from there.
"Legends of the Rhine" by Wilhelm Ruland
You ought to be excommunicated.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV" by R.V. Russell
If he refused to pay, he was excommunicated, and excommunication was a poisonous disease.
"Short Studies on Great Subjects" by James Anthony Froude
It shapes the creed, prescribes the form of worship, and puts its excommunicating ban upon all heresy.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
She was a heretic whom any Court of Love must excommunicate.
"Little Novels of Italy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett

In poetry:

What Excommunication can deprive
A pious soul that is in Christ alive,
Of Church-Communion? or cut off a limb,
That life and action both unite to him? For any circumstance of place or time,
Or mode or custom, which infers no crime?
"On Church Communion - Part II." by John Byrom

In news:

The Vatican warned of immediate excommunication for doctors prescribing the pill and for women taking it.
Would someone in Rome formally excommunicate me, please.
I want to be excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church because walking away will break my heart.
Hanks told him he had been excommunicated , and said that the court lasted six hours.
The church went through a spate of public excommunications of prominent scholars and feminists in the early 1990s, but in recent years public excommunications of dissidents have been rare, church experts said.
In March, the archbishop of St Louis excommunicated three women -- two Americans and a South African -- for participating in a woman's ordination.
The ongoing debate over Pope Benedict's decision to lift the ban of excommunication on four bishop-members of the Society of St Pius X has been split into to general discussions.
The Vatican, under Benedict XVI, is doing somersaults to get the excommunicated, anti-semitic Lefebvrists back into the church's tent.
The entire mainstream of the Republican Party may have excommunicated Akin, but Mike Huckabee is having none of it.
Ohio Could Excommunicate Catholic , Other Private High Schools From Public-School Competition.
He made national news in 1996 when he stated that members of dissident Catholic groups including Call to Action and Catholics for Choice had automatically excommunicated themselves from the church.
Ohio Could Excommunicate Catholic, Other Private High Schools From Public-School Competition .
Lieberman was excommunicated by his party (he won as an independent in 2006 after losing the Democratic primary) and retired this year rather than face probable defeat.
Roy Bourgeois, the Louisiana native and peace activist who was excommunicated three years ago for publicly supporting women's ordination, now faces expulsion from his religious order and from the priesthood.
And if you get blocked by the pope is that a 21st century form of excommunication.

In science:

Regge theory, strings, baryon junctions, ropes and all that: cumbersome things of the past and irrelevant for RHIC physics? The “excommunication” of such non-perturbative phenomena from HI physics is suggested in B.
Collective flow and QCD phase transition