verb (used with object), ex·com·mu·ni·cat·ed, ex·com·mu·ni·cat·ing.
- to cut off from communion with a church or exclude from the sacraments of a church by ecclesiastical sentence.
- to exclude or expel from membership or participation in any group, association, etc.: an advertiser excommunicated from a newspaper.
- an excommunicated person.
- cut off from communion with a church; excommunicated.
- (tr) to sentence (a member of the Church) to exclusion from the communion of believers and from the privileges and public prayers of the Church
adjective (ˌɛkskəˈmjuːnɪkɪt, -ˌkeɪt)
- having incurred such a sentence
noun (ˌɛkskəˈmjuːnɪkɪt, -ˌkeɪt)
- an excommunicated person
early 15c., from Late Latin excommunicatus, past participle of excommunicare (see excommunication). Related: Excommunicated; excommunicating.