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 exilic (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 The Tears of Things is a study in displacement and exile, individuals and landscapes recontextualized by anxiety. Jordan Riefe, The Hollywood Reporter, "Artist Enrique Martinez Celaya and Fiancee Erica Packer Host Opening of New L.A. Show," 16 Sep. 2019 Increasingly precarious conditions in Turkey and Iran, where at least a million Afghans live in exile, as well as in Afghanistan itself, have led many Afghan refugees to head for Europe. New York Times, "Migration to Greece Is Rising, as Erdogan Warns of Still More," 11 Sep. 2019 Yet remarkably in a continent where deposed leaders often meet grisly fates or flee into exile, Mr. Mugabe and his wife were allowed to remain in their sumptuous 24-bedroom home in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital. Alan Cowell, BostonGlobe.com, "Mugabe dies; liberated Zimbabwe, then held it for 37 years," 7 Sep. 2019 Some in the opposition have criticized others for being so ready to offer amnesty to officials involved in the exile, torture and killing of opponents. Washington Post, "During secret Venezuela talks, Maduro offered new elections. Is it a real breakthrough or a stall?," 18 Aug. 2019 On the night of August 6, 2014, ISIS fighters swept through northern Iraq’s Nineveh Plains and drove more than 120,000 Christians into exile in Kurdistan. Edward Clancy, National Review, "Facing Extinction in Iraq, Can Christians Hope for Aid from the West?," 6 Aug. 2019 Snowden doesn’t reveal too much about his life in exile. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "In Edward Snowden’s New Memoir, the Disclosures This Time Are Personal," 13 Sep. 2019 Later, another Senate clerk delivered the records to Brookville, where government officials were working in exile. baltimoresun.com, "Interactive quiz: Could you pass the PARCC standardized tests?," 27 Aug. 2019 In 2011, Tunisians took to the streets in massive protests that resulted in the resignation of dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who eventually fled in exile to Saudi Arabia. NBC News, "Tunisia has its first openly gay candidate for president," 13 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb He was separated from his family and exiled to South Carolina. John Eligon, New York Times, "Recovering the Memory of a Black Church Destroyed During the ‘Red Summer’," 31 Aug. 2019 As The Washington Post reported Wednesday, Johnson, after just six weeks on the job as prime minister, has lost his governing majority, exiled some of his party’s most honored members and been slapped down by lawmakers three times in 24 hours. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, "Boris Johnson’s brother quits government over ‘unresolvable tension’ between family and ‘national interest’," 5 Sep. 2019 Kaepernick has argued that he was effectively blackballed and exiled from the league for his protest and filed a formal grievance against the league in October 2017, saying that NFL owners had colluded to keep him off the field. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "The controversy surrounding Jay-Z’s new partnership with the NFL, explained," 16 Aug. 2019 Mallu spent the nineteen-thirties trying to speed up history by exiling the unenlightened from positions of power. Bathsheba Demuth, The New Yorker, "When the Soviet Union Freed the Arctic from Capitalist Slavery," 15 Aug. 2019 The two also undoubtedly have seen the criticism by Saudi and Emirati media of Qatar’s ruling emir, 38-year-old Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, which has included promoting exiled Qataris as possible leaders for the country. Washington Post, "Analysis: Qatar crisis widens fissures among US allies," 5 June 2018 He was rearrested and sentenced to 11 years but was freed in 1998 and exiled to the United States. Robyn Dixon, latimes.com, "30 years ago a Chinese tank column stopped for ‘Tank Man.’ Fang Zheng wasn’t so lucky," 3 June 2019 And some of those doctors who were detected were confined or exiled. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "“Just Keep Going North”," 5 July 2019 Smoking and vaping were not, however, the only things exiled from the Magic Kingdom in last week’s announcement. Sunset, "Going to Disney? Leave the Juul, the Double-Wide Bugaboo, and Your Dry Ice at Home," 22 Jan. 2018

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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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20 Oct 2019

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

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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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