Definition of “excommunicate” - English Dictionary

“excommunicate” in English

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excommunicateverb [ T ]

uk /ˌek.skəˈmjuː.nɪ.keɪt/ us /ˌek.skəˈmjuː.nə.keɪt/
noun [ C or U ] uk /ˌek.skəˌmjuː.nɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌek.skəˌmjuː.nəˈkeɪ.ʃən/

Examples from literature

  • A man whom the Church had excommunicated was buried in the cemetery of a German convent. 
  • I expect one would be immediately excommunicated as a heretic. 
  • She was afraid of being found out and excommunicated. 
  • The pope excommunicated the king. 
  • They duly excommunicated each other, and the Latin Church was rent in twain. 

(Definition of “excommunicate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“excommunicate” in American English

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excommunicateverb [ T ]

us /ˌek·skəˈmju·nɪˌkeɪt/

(of the Christian Church, esp. the Roman Catholic Church) to refuse to allow someone to be a member of the church

(Definition of “excommunicate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)