ex·​pa·​tri·​a·​tion | \ (ˌ)ek-ˌspā-trē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce expatriation (audio) \
plural expatriations

Definition of expatriation

: removal or withdrawal from one's native land : the act or an instance of expatriating or the state of being expatriated The brutal expatriation of thousands of Cherokee to Indian Territory is now commonly referred to as the Trail of Tears. A central purpose of their expatriation was to escape the burdensome rules and customs of the native land, and they were in no hurry to assume a foreign set of obligations.— Joseph O'Neill At the time, however, the most prominent American poets of the Modernist golden age of the 1920s felt betrayed by the expatriation of Pound and Eliot and considered their poetry insufficiently American.— Monroe K. Spears

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1765, in the meaning defined above

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“Expatriation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expatriation. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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