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'Excommunicate'

Definition of 'excommunicate'
From: WordNet
verb
Exclude from a church or a religious community; "The gay priest was excommunicated when he married his partner" [syn: excommunicate, unchurch, curse] [ant: communicate]
verb
Oust or exclude from a group or membership by decree
Definition of 'Excommunicate'
From: GCIDE
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 excommunicate. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
Definition of 'Excommunicate'
From: GCIDE
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 under the ban of the church; to interdict. [1913 Webster]
Martin the Fifth . . . was the first that excommunicated the reading of heretical books. --Miltin. [1913 Webster]
Synonyms of 'excommunicate'
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