[1.] 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.
[2.] A religious rite whereby a person who has offended a priest is given over to the devil to be eternally damned for the betterment of his soul. In the lesser excommunication, however, the offender is only denied the privilege of putting his God into his stomach.