Ex·com·mu·ni·ca·tion n. 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.
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;
cutting a person off from a religious society [syn: excision]