Simple Definition of banish
: to force (someone) to leave a country as punishment
: to send (someone or something) away
: to cause (something) to go away : to get rid of (something)
Examples of banish
He was banished for life.
The dictator banished anyone who opposed him.
Origin of banish
Middle English, from Anglo-French baniss-, stem of banir, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German bannan to command — more at ban
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of banish
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