exile


1ex·ile

noun \ˈeg-ˌzī(-ə)l, ˈek-ˌsī(-ə)l\

: 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
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
:  a person who is in exile
ex·il·ic \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

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

2exile

transitive verb

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

ex·iledex·il·ing

Full Definition of EXILE

:  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>

First Known Use of EXILE

14th century

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

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