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The Devil's Dictionary: Excommunication

by Ambrose Bierce
EXCESS
EXECUTIVE

EXCOMMUNICATION

-n.

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.

- Gat Huckle

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