Definition of "excommunication" []

  • The act of excommunicating. (noun)
  • The state of being excommunicated. (noun)
  • A formal ecclesiastical censure that deprives a person of the right to belong to a church. (noun)
  • To sentence (a member of the Church) to exclusion from the communion of believers and from the privileges and public prayers of the Church (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Having incurred such a sentence (adjective)
  • An excommunicated person (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "excommunication" in a sentence
  • "But, the Holy Father made clear today that the lifting of the excommunication is about one thing only: Church unity."
  • "Under today's rules, however, excommunication is the new order of the day."
  • "The handling of the Regensburg address and of the recent lifting of the excommunication from the SSPX bishops was unsatisfactory."