- Officially exclude (someone) from participation in the sacraments and services of the Christian Church: Martin Luther was excommunicated by the PopeMore example sentences
- 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!
- Excommunicated: an excommunicate bishopMore example sentences
- 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.
- An excommunicated person: the arrest of excommunicatesMore example sentences
- The Constitutions of Clarendon expressly forbade any oath about future conduct being required from an excommunicate.
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- There are important distinctions between the denial of Communion and excommunication in canon law, but they are of a kind only a lawyer could love.
- I very much doubt that Pope Benedict is going to engage in wholesale excommunications, but I have no doubt he will encourage people to ponder anew what is entailed in being in communion with the Church.
- No canonical or civil penalties, much less automatic excommunication, are attached to its violation.
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).
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