exile

noun
ex·​ile | \ ˈeg-ˌzī(-ə)l How to pronounce exile (audio) , ˈek-ˌsī(-ə)l How to pronounce exile (audio) \

Definition of exile

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

exile

verb
exiled; exiling

Definition of exile (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to banish or expel from one's own country or home

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Other Words from exile

Noun

exilic \ eg-​ˈzi-​lik How to pronounce exile (audio) \ adjective

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Verb

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

Examples of exile in a Sentence

Noun They hoped that his exile would be temporary. Many chose to live as exiles rather than face persecution. Verb with their conquest of the Moors complete, Ferdinand and Isabella next exiled the Jews from Spain
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun From Lithuania, Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya talks about her decision to run in her husband’s place after he was jailed and life in exile. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "A baby formula startup and the power of failing," 5 Jan. 2021 June 10: After 10 years in exile, unable to return to campus, 2005 Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush is officially welcomed back by USC. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "USC football’s top 10 moments of 2020," 30 Dec. 2020 Some have made this decision by choice and went into self-exile in Taiwan, Europe and elsewhere. Washington Post, "Six portraits from a year defined by loss," 30 Dec. 2020 For people like Sainawar Rouzi, life in exile is one punctured by the pains of the unknown. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Is the ICC corrupted by China?," 23 Dec. 2020 Two prominent Chinese dissidents living in exile and a Hong Kong politician had their Zoom accounts blocked. Aaron Tilley, WSJ, "Zoom Executive in China Charged With Disrupting Tiananmen Memorials," 18 Dec. 2020 Of course, the Hong Kongers in exile will not be the first Chinese nationals to lobby overseas governments to take action against Beijing. James Griffiths, CNN, "The exiles and the inmates: The heart-wrenching hand dealt to Hong Kong's democracy activists," 17 Dec. 2020 The book is about travel, self-exile, political protest and the demands of long-distance relationships. New York Times, "Times Critics’ Top Books of 2020," 2 Dec. 2020 The protesters' teased promise of a big surprise timed to coincide with the king's presence turned out to be just an address on Facebook by royal critic Pavin Chachavalpongpun, an academic in self-exile in Japan. Jerry Harmer, Star Tribune, "Some Thai students choose protest option at graduation," 31 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The boys, now men, are the last connection to a lost home for their followers, who have dispersed across the world, from refugee camps in Thailand to exile communities in places like New Zealand and North Carolina. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "‘We Were Bulletproof’: As Child Soldiers Grow Up, Legacy of War Lingers," 12 Oct. 2020 One following the contemporary Arab cultural movement will notice, especially in the final third of the century that has just passed, that there is a tendency in this movement to put ‘the other’ on trial, then to exile and evict him. Sam Sweeney, National Review, "The Zero-Sum Game of Syrian Politics," 6 Sep. 2020 To be exiled from a group or to see our group crushed by its enemies, could mean death. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "We’re Not Polarized Enough," 19 May 2020 One way to end would be to have Carrie exiled in Russia and living in some Soviet-like apartment block in an incredibly grim situation, isolated from the world like Ed Snowden. James Hibberd, EW.com, "Homeland showrunner breaks down shocking series finale, explains final scene," 27 Apr. 2020 Caputo’s former client fled Putin and now is exiled in Germany. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "A Patriot and a Professional," 17 Apr. 2020 The other coronaviruses have long been around, so a certain part of the population has immunity, which may help exile those viruses under unfavorable conditions. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Why do dozens of diseases wax and wane with the seasons—and will COVID-19?," 13 Mar. 2020 The ensuing dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet lasted 17 years; but Jara’s music, and that of other artists who were censored, exiled or killed, lived on. The Economist, "The beat goes on Demonstrators in Chile are looking to the past for their soundtrack," 12 Mar. 2020 The pressure is on the starters, with Price and Rick Porcello exiled and Betts’s departure casting a pall of old-fashioned defeatist skepticism over the season. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "For a change, Red Sox bullpen is the pitching building block," 24 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of exile

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for exile

Noun

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

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Time Traveler for exile

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The first known use of exile was in the 14th century

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17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Exile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exile. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for exile

exile

noun
How to pronounce exile (audio) How to pronounce exile (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of exile

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

exile

verb

English Language Learners Definition of exile (Entry 2 of 2)

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

exile

noun
ex·​ile | \ ˈeg-ˌzīl How to pronounce exile (audio) , ˈek-ˌsīl \

Kids Definition of exile

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the situation of a person who is forced to leave his or her own country He's living in exile.
2 : the period of time someone is forced to live away from his or her country a 20 year exile
3 : a person who is forced to leave his or her own country

exile

verb
exiled; exiling

Kids Definition of exile (Entry 2 of 2)

: to force (someone) to leave his or her own country

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