Meaning of excommunicate

ex•com•mu•ni•cate

Pronunciation: (v.eks"ku-my'ni-kāt"n., adj.eks"ku-my'ni-kit, -kāt"), [key]
— v., n., adj. -cat•ed, -cat•ing,
—v.t.
  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.
—n.
  1. an excommunicated person.
—adj.
  1. cut off from communion with a church; excommunicated.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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