transitive verb-·cat·ed, -·cat·ing
Origin of excommunicateMiddle English excommunicaten from Ecclesiastical Late Latin excommunicatus, past participle of excommunicare: see ex- and communicate
transitive verbex·com·mu·ni·cat·ed, ex·com·mu·ni·cat·ing, ex·com·mu·ni·cates
- To deprive of the right of church membership by ecclesiastical authority.
- To exclude by or as if by decree from membership or participation in a group.
Origin of excommunicateMiddle English excommunicaten from Late Latin excommūnicāre excommūnicāt-Latin ex- ex- Latin commūnicāre to share ( from commūnis common ; see common . )
- ex′com·mu′ni·ca′tive ex′com·mu′ni·ca·to′ry
- A person so excluded.
(third-person singular simple present excommunicates, present participle excommunicating, simple past and past participle excommunicated)
Late Latin excommunicātus, perfect passive participle of excommunicō (“put out of the community”).