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Pronunciation:  `eksku'myoonu`keyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  exclude from a church or a religious community; "The gay priest was excommunicated when he married his partner"
  2. [v]  oust or exclude from a group or membership by decree

EXCOMMUNICATE is a 13 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: curse
 Antonyms: communicate
 See Also: boot out, drum out, exclude, expel, keep out, kick out, oust, shut, shut out, throw out



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ex"com*mu"ni*cate\, a. [L. excommunicatus, p. p.
    of communicare to excommunicate; ex out + communicare. See
    Excommunicated; interdicted from the rites of the church. --
    n. One excommunicated.
          Thou shalt stand cursed and excommunicate. --Shak.
  2. \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
    2. To lay under the ban of the church; to interdict.
             Martin the Fifth . . . was the first that
             excommunicated the reading of heretical books.
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