Meaning of herem*

he•rem

Pronunciation: (Seph.khe'rem Ashk. khā'r&schwam), [key]
— n. Hebrew.
  1. the most severe form of excommunication, formerly used by rabbis in sentencing wrongdoers, usually for an indefinite period of time.
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