excommunicate :

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ek skuh myooh nuh kayt

  • v  exclude from a church or a religious community
    The gay priest was excommunicated when he married his partner
  • v  oust or exclude from a group or membership by decree

  • The Catholic Church came under criticism after it excommunicated the family and doctor in a controversial abortion.
  • Since Roman Catholic canon law requires papal authorization to create new bishops, the step would automatically excommunicate Lefebvre and his newly minted prelates.
  • 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.

  • Jakaya Kikwete in Reuters South Africa
    If the rebellion succeeds, certainly we will excommunicate them from the African Union,Kikwete told a closing news conference.
  • Bruce Chapman in PEJ News
    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...
  • Nicholas Kristof in The AtlanticWire (blog)
    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...

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