Excommunication
Excommunication Ex`com*mu`ni*ca"tion, n. [L. excommunicatio: cf. F. excommunication.] The act of communicating or ejecting; esp., an ecclesiastical censure whereby the person against whom it is pronounced is, for the time, cast out of the communication of the church; exclusion from fellowship in things spiritual. [1913 Webster]

Note: excommunication is of two kinds, the lesser and the greater; the lesser excommunication is a separation or suspension from partaking of the Eucharist; the greater is an absolute execution of the offender from the church and all its rights and advantages, even from social intercourse with the faithful. [1913 Webster]


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  • Excommunication — Excommunication, Kirchenbann, Ausstoßung eines Gliedes aus der christlichen Gemeinde, welches sich durch grobe Sünden und Vergehungen der Kirchengemeinschaft unwürdig gemacht hat. –s– …   Damen Conversations Lexikon

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  • excommunication — index banishment, expulsion, ostracism, rejection Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • excommunication — mid 15c., from L.L. excommunicationem (nom. excommunicatio), from pp. stem of excommunicare put out of the community, in Church L. to expel from communion, from ex out (see EX (Cf. ex )) + communicare, from communis common (see COMMON (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • Excommunication — A depiction of Pope Gregory IX excommunicating. Excommunication is a religious censure used to deprive, suspend or limit membership in a religious …   Wikipedia

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