One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An excommunicated person.
- ‘They were still technically excommunicants, but the great victory at Constantinople persuaded Innocent to remove the ban.’
- ‘It introduces readers to his status as murderer and repeat offender attacking and threatening rivals, police, a notary, and many others, and to his status as knight (and then excommunicant) of the order of Malta.’
- ‘The Hospital and the Temple still refused to have dealings with an excommunicant.’
Late 16th century: based on ecclesiastical Latin excommunicare (see excommunicate), with irregular use of the suffix -ant.
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