[ US /ˌɛkskəmˈjunəˌkeɪt/ ]
[ UK /ɛkskəmjˈuːnɪkˌe‍ɪt/ ]
  1. oust or exclude from a group or membership by decree
  2. exclude from a church or a religious community
    The gay priest was excommunicated when he married his partner
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How To Use excommunicate In A Sentence

  • While poor excommunicated Miss Tox, who, if she were a fawner and toad – eater, was at least an honest and a constant one, and had ever borne a faithful friendship towards her impeacher and had been truly absorbed and swallowed up in devotion to the magnificence of Mr Dombey and Son
  • Innocent's interdict forbade all ceremonies save baptism of infants and confessions for the dying: it operated from 1208 and John was excommunicated in 1209.
  • The Constitution of Martin V, "Ad evitanda scandala", permits the excommunicated known as tolerati (tolerated) to take part in an election, but exception may be taken to them, and their exclusion must follow; if, after such exception, they cast a vote, it must be considered null. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Diocese-Fathers of Mercy
  • Hereby the community or whole body of the faithful, even to the meanest member, are vested from Christ with full power and authority actually to discharge and execute all acts of order and jurisdiction without exception: e.g. To preach the word authoritatively, dispense the sacraments, ordain their officers, admonish offenders, excommunicate the obstinate and incorrigible, and absolve the penitent. The Divine Right of Church Government by Sundry Ministers Of Christ Within The City Of London
  • Paschall, that bicause he permitted the emperour to inuest bishops, and did not therefore excommunicate him, king Henrie threatened, that without doubt he would resume the inuestitures into his hands, thinking to hold them in quiet as well as he; and therefore besought him to consider what his wisedome had to doo therein with spéed, least that building which he had well erected, should vtterlie decaie, & fall againe into irrecouerable ruine. Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland (2 of 6): England (3 of 12) Henrie I.
  • If any man shall fall by occasion, to restore such a one with the spirit of meekness, by all fair means, gentle admonitions; but if that will not take place, Post unam et alteram admonitionem haereticum devita, he must be excommunicate, as Anatomy of Melancholy
  • This is it that the faithful stood in fear of, as long as they stood excommunicate, that is to say, in an estate wherein their sins were not forgiven. Leviathan
  • For she bids us commit to the earth the corpses of all who die not "unbaptized," "excommunicate," or wilful suicides, and who are willing to lie in our consecrated ground; giving thanks to God that our dear brother has been delivered from the miseries of this sinful world, and in sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life. Westminster Sermons with a Preface
  • Eventually, he was excommunicated along with his mentor.
  • Since 1570 when the Pope excommunicated Elizabeth I, Catholics in the country had faced an increase in persecution and were left with little option but to conceal their faith.
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