excommunication definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The act of excommunicating.
- The state of being excommunicated.
- A formal ecclesiastical censure that deprives a person of the right to belong to a church.
Variant of excommunicate
transitive verb excommunicated, excommunicating
to exclude, by an act of ecclesiastical authority, from the sacraments, rights, and privileges of a church; censure by cutting off from communion with a church
Origin: Middle English excommunicaten ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin excommunicatus, past participle of excommunicare: see ex- and amp; communicate
an excommunicated person