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excommunicate

verb [T]     /ˌek.skəˈmjuː.nɪ.keɪt/
When the Christian Church , especially the Roman Catholic Church , excommunicates someone, it refuses to give that person communion and does not allow them to be involved in the Church .Religious practicesPunishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating excommunication     /ˌek.skəˌmjuː.nɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ noun [C or U] Religious practicesPunishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating
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