Etymology
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excommunication (n.)

"a cutting off or casting out from communication, deprivation of communion or the privileges of intercourse," specifically the formal exclusion of a person from religious communion and privileges, mid-15c., from Late Latin excommunicationem (nominative excommunicatio), noun of action from past-participle stem of excommunicare "put out of the community," in Church Latin "to expel from communion," from ex "out" (see ex-) + communicare "to share, communicate," related to communis "common" (see common (adj.)).

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Definitions of excommunication

excommunication (n.)
the state of being excommunicated;
Synonyms: exclusion / censure
excommunication (n.)
the act of banishing a member of a church from the communion of believers and the privileges of the church; cutting a person off from a religious society;
Synonyms: excision
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