Definition of excommunication in English:

excommunication

noun

mass noun
  • 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 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.’
    • ‘Michelangelo risked excommunication to secretly study anatomy in a morgue.’
    • ‘Catholics are forbidden to join the Freemasons under pain of excommunication.’
    • ‘There is a By-law which forbids Members to practice hypnotism; the penalty is excommunication.’
    • ‘Dishonest members are to be admonished; if they continue in dishonest practices, excommunication follows.’
    • ‘Finally, in 1258 a bungled deal with the Papacy threatened Henry with excommunication.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The threat of excommunication hangs over anyone tempted to break the vow of silence.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

excommunication

/ˌɛkskəmjuːnɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/