disfellowship


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disfellowship

(ˌdɪsˈfɛləʊʃɪp)
vb (tr) , -ships, -shipping or -shipped, -ships, -shiping or -shiped
(Christian Churches, other) to excommunicate
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The barrister said that when the elders of the Jehovah's Witnesses' Guisborough congregation heard about the allegations, Shields asked them to "disfellowship" him from the church.
Those who belong to one another by water and blood cannot afford to pay the price "disfellowship" exacts.
Amish (Clark, 2013), Evangelical (White, 2012), Mormon (Ludlow, 2001), Protestant (Hileman, 2008), and Jehovah's Witness (JW.org, 2014) communities understand shunning, or disfellowship, as an action distinct from excommunication which represents two different levels of ostracism.
Wilson's book is a thought-provoking portrait of a charismatic, intelligent medical doctor who never stopped absorbing new information and honing his theories, even when he was faced with disfellowship from his church and ostracism by friends and colleagues.