What does the word excommunication mean?

Usage examples for excommunication

  1. While Laura was hanging on the horrid edge between a false laugh and a starting blush, Arabella said: " That visual excommunication has been pronounced years ago, Freshfield." – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  2. An aged and very worthy Friend in Philadelphia, named Robert Moore, who deeply sympathized with the wrongs of colored people, wrote to Friend Hopper as follows: From 1822 to 1827, we had many interesting conversations in thy little front room, respecting the distracted state of our Society, and the efforts made to sustain our much beloved brother Elias Hicks, against those who were anxious for his downfall and excommunication. – Isaac T. Hopper by L. Maria Child
  3. As the days passed, Sophia's pallor was emphasized by Aunt Harriet until it developed into an article of faith, to which you were compelled to subscribe on pain of excommunication. – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett