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noun ex·ile \ˈeg-ˌzī(-ə)l, ˈek-ˌsī(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of exile

  • : a situation in which you are forced to leave your country or home and go to live in a foreign country

  • : a period of time during which someone has lived in exile

  • : a person who has been forced to live in a foreign country : a person who is in exile

Full Definition of exile

  1. 1 a :  the state or a period of forced absence from one's country or home b :  the state or a period of voluntary absence from one's country or home

  2. 2 :  a person who is in exile

ex·il·ic play \eg-ˈzi-lik\ adjective

Examples of exile

  1. They hoped that his exile would be temporary.

  2. Many chose to live as exiles rather than face persecution.

Origin of exile

Middle English exil, from Anglo-French essil, exil, from Latin exilium, from exul, exsul an exile

First Known Use: 14th century



verb ex·ile

Simple Definition of exile

  • : to force (someone) to go to live in a distant place or foreign country : to force (someone) into exile

Full Definition of exile


  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to banish or expel from one's own country or home

Examples of exile

  1. <with their conquest of the Moors complete, Ferdinand and Isabella next exiled the Jews from Spain>

14th Century

First Known Use of exile

14th century

Synonym Discussion of exile

banish, exile, deport, transport mean to remove by authority from a state or country. banish implies compulsory removal from a country not necessarily one's own <banished for seditious activities>. exile may imply compulsory removal or an enforced or voluntary absence from one's own country <a writer who exiled himself for political reasons>. deport implies sending out of the country an alien who has illegally entered or whose presence is judged inimical to the public welfare <illegal aliens will be deported>. transport implies sending a convicted criminal to an overseas penal colony <a convict who was transported to Australia>.

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February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

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