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Sep 29, 2010
This week's theme
Words related to censorship

This week's words
fatwa
custos morum
excommunicate
euphemism
samizdat

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with Anu Garg

excommunicate

PRONUNCIATION:
(verb: eks-kuh-MYOO-ni-kayt, noun and adj: eks-kuh-MYOO-ni-kit, -kayt)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To formally exclude someone from a group or community, especially from a religious community.
noun: A person who has been excluded in this manner.
adjective: Having been excluded.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin excommunicare (to put out of the community), from ex- (out of) + communis (common). Ultimately from the Indo-European root mei- (to change or move) that has also given us commute, mutual, migrate, common, mistake, and immune.

NOTES:
There's censorship of books, and there is censorship of humans. Excommunication is a fancy word to describe the latter.

USAGE:
"Aquinas had responded that we ought to die excommunicated rather than violate our conscience."
Fr Joe Borg; Respect and responsibility; The Times (Valletta, Malta); Sep 5, 2010.

See more usage examples of excommunicate in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The lust for comfort murders the passions of the soul. -Kahlil Gibran, mystic, poet, and artist (1883-1931)

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