One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The action of officially excluding someone from participation in the sacraments and services of the Christian Church.‘he appealed against the papal sentence of excommunication’
- ‘The threat of excommunication hangs over anyone tempted to break the vow of silence.’
- ‘There is a By-law which forbids Members to practice hypnotism; the penalty is excommunication.’
- ‘Michelangelo risked excommunication to secretly study anatomy in a morgue.’
- ‘Luther was ordered to recant on the threat of excommunication.’
- ‘Philip was unwilling to face excommunication, for that could easily give his enemies within France the excuse they needed to foment open rebellion.’
- ‘Finally, in 1258 a bungled deal with the Papacy threatened Henry with excommunication.’
- ‘Catholics are forbidden to join the Freemasons under pain of excommunication.’
- ‘The cardinals on Tuesday filed into the chapel, chanting a Latin hymn to ask for divine guidance and swearing a solemn oath never to reveal the secrets of their deliberations on pain of excommunication.’
- ‘Dishonest members are to be admonished; if they continue in dishonest practices, excommunication follows.’
- ‘If he continued to resist the church's demands, church officials would be forced to consider a range of sanctions, the most serious of which would be excommunication.’
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