verb (used with object), ex·com·mu·ni·cat·ed, ex·com·mu·ni·cat·ing.

  1. to cut off from communion with a church or exclude from the sacraments of a church by ecclesiastical sentence.
  2. to exclude or expel from membership or participation in any group, association, etc.: an advertiser excommunicated from a newspaper.


  1. an excommunicated person.


  1. cut off from communion with a church; excommunicated.

verb (ˌɛkskəˈmjuːnɪˌkeɪt)

  1. (tr) to sentence (a member of the Church) to exclusion from the communion of believers and from the privileges and public prayers of the Church

adjective (ˌɛkskəˈmjuːnɪkɪt, -ˌkeɪt)

  1. having incurred such a sentence

noun (ˌɛkskəˈmjuːnɪkɪt, -ˌkeɪt)

  1. an excommunicated person

early 15c., from Late Latin excommunicatus, past participle of excommunicare (see excommunication). Related: Excommunicated; excommunicating.

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