Definition of excommunicate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɛkskəˈmjuːnɪkeɪt/
[with object]
Officially exclude (someone) from participation in the sacraments and services of the Christian Church: Martin Luther was excommunicated by the Pope
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  • He left for France and then Germany, where he was excommunicated by the Lutheran Church, and returned to Italy in the mistaken belief that it would be safe to do so.
  • The church excommunicated people who said that the earth revolved around the sun.
  • A Puritan New England congregation even excommunicated a man who neglected the sexual aspect of his relationship with his wife!


Pronunciation: /ˌɛkskəˈmjuːnɪkət/
Excommunicated: an excommunicate bishop
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  • Any that fought against him would be automatically excommunicate.
  • In 1310 the excommunicate Bruce secured the support of the Scottish clergy.
  • The suspension of Roger from office and the restoration of the excommunicate status of Gilbert Foliot and Jocelin of Salisbury would derail that plan.


Pronunciation: /ˌɛkskəˈmjuːnɪkət/
An excommunicated person: the arrest of excommunicates
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  • The Constitutions of Clarendon expressly forbade any oath about future conduct being required from an excommunicate.



Pronunciation: /ˌɛkskəˈmjuːnɪkeɪtɪv/


Pronunciation: /ˌɛkskəˈmjuːnɪkeɪtə/
Example sentences
  • Aaron's father presides over the panel of Mormon excommunicators, and his son's ‘sin’ is so disgusting it can barely be put into words.


Pronunciation: /ˌɛkskəˈmjuːnɪkətri/


Late Middle English: from ecclesiastical Latin excommunicat- 'excluded from communication with the faithful', from the verb excommunicare, from ex- 'out' + Latin communis 'common to all', on the pattern of Latin communicare (see communicate).

Words that rhyme with excommunicate

communicate, intercommunicate, tunicate

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Line breaks: ex|com¦mu¦ni|cate

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