excommunicate excommunicate  /ˌɛk skə ˈmju nə ˌkeɪt/


  1. (v) exclude from a church or a religious community
  2. (v) oust or exclude from a group or membership by decree



  1. The Catholic Church came under criticism after it excommunicated the family and doctor in a controversial abortion.
  2. Since Roman Catholic canon law requires papal authorization to create new bishops, the step would automatically excommunicate Lefebvre and his newly minted prelates.
  3. Very little of that sympathy comes from the conservative hierarchy of the Catholic Church, which three decades ago threatened to excommunicate any Catholic who joined the army.


  • Top doctor calls bishop's decision to bar Irish nun 'deeply disturbing'

    The former chief of staff at the Phoenix hospital, where Irish nun Sister Margaret MacBride was excommunicated for allowing an abortion of an 11-week old fetus to save the mother's life, said the decision to ban her was "extremely disturbing."
    on June 29, 2013     Source: Irish Central


  1. "If the rebellion succeeds, certainly we will excommunicate them from the African Union," Kikwete told a closing news conference.
    on Feb 2, 2008 By: Jakaya Kikwete Source: Reuters South Africa

  2. "Unless you get the science right," Chapman says, "it's very hard to contend with the other arguments." "Something's gotta be done. We can't throw them out. We're looking into it, but it appears you can't excommunicate a think tank...
    on Aug 6, 2006 By: Bruce Chapman Source: PEJ News

  3. Criticizing the church's decision, Kristof says, "Let us just note that the Roman Catholic hierarchy suspended priests who abused children and in some cases defrocked them but did not normally excommunicate them, so they remained able to take the...
    on May 27, 2010 By: Nicholas Kristof Source: The AtlanticWire (blog)

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