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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  excommunication 
  n  1:  the  state  of  being  excommunicated  [syn:  {exclusion},  {censure}] 
  2:  the  act  of  banishing  a  member  of  the  Church  from  the 
  communion  of  believers  and  the  privileges  of  the  Church 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  EXCOMMUNICATION,  n. 
 
  This  excommunication"  is  a  word 
  In  speech  ecclesiastical  oft  heard, 
  And  means  the  damning,  with  bell,  book  and  candle, 
  Some  sinner  whose  opinions  are  a  scandal  -- 
  A  rite  permitting  Satan  to  enslave  him 
  Forever,  and  forbidding  Christ  to  save  him 
  Gat  Huckle 
 
 




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