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Meaning of EXCOMMUNICATION

Pronunciation:  `eksku`myoonu'keyshun

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  the act of banishing a member of the Church from the communion of believers and the privileges of the Church; cutting a person off from a religious society
  2. [n]  the state of being excommunicated
 

EXCOMMUNICATION is a 15 letter word that starts with E.

 

 Synonyms: censure, excision, exclusion
 
 See Also: banishment, proscription, rejection

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Ex`com*mu`ni*ca"tion\, n. [L. excommunicatio:
cf. F. excommunication.]
The act of communicating or ejecting; esp., an ecclesiastical
censure whereby the person against whom it is pronounced is,
for the time, cast out of the communication of the church;
exclusion from fellowship in things spiritual.

Note: excommunication is of two kinds, the lesser and the
      greater; the lesser excommunication is a separation or
      suspension from partaking of the Eucharist; the greater
      is an absolute execution of the offender from the
      church and all its rights and advantages, even from
      social intercourse with the faithful.

 

 

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