ex·​pul·​sion | \ ik-ˈspəl-shən How to pronounce expulsion (audio) \

Definition of expulsion

: the act of expelling : the state of being expelled

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Other Words from expulsion

expulsive \ ik-​ˈspəl-​siv How to pronounce expulsive (audio) \ adjective

Examples of expulsion in a Sentence

The government engaged in mass expulsions. the expulsion of air from the lungs
Recent Examples on the Web She was detained Monday and destroyed her passport in a no-man's land between Ukraine and Belarus the next day to prevent her expulsion. Yuras Karmanau, Star Tribune, "Top Belarus activist says authorities threatened to kill her," 10 Sep. 2020 After notifying the students of their expulsion, each was tested for the coronavirus and given a day to move out of their hotel room. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Northeastern kicks out 11 students who violated coronavirus restrictions, won't provide $36,500 tuition refund," 5 Sep. 2020 Within hours of their return to the Nicaraguan capital Managua, Ortega supporters posted on social media celebrating their expulsion. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "Members of Congress ask Trump to stop deporting Nicaraguan dissidents," 4 Sep. 2020 Fugitive filmmaker Roman Polanski lost his bid to get back in Oscar's good graces Tuesday after a Los Angeles judge upheld his 2018 expulsion from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Oscar winner Roman Polanski loses his bid for Academy reinstatement," 26 Aug. 2020 The letter was a response to a Washington Post article published on Aug. 28 that detailed the expulsion of several such asylum seekers, who were not permitted to make asylum claims before being flown back to Nicaragua. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "Members of Congress ask Trump to stop deporting Nicaraguan dissidents," 4 Sep. 2020 The substance was used in the March 2018 attempted murder of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter on British soil, prompting a concerted expulsion of 150 Russian diplomats. Arne Delfs, Fortune, "Pressure builds on Merkel to exit Russian pipeline deal to punish Putin," 3 Sep. 2020 Discipline could range from verbal warnings to suspension or expulsion if a committee that investigates student conduct determines the students violated university rules or mandates, Champagne said. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "UAF hockey team in quarantine after at least 1 player tests positive for COVID-19," 30 Aug. 2020 The initial policy, which the administration has since walked back, to have ICE enforce the sudden expulsion of international students, some of whom have nowhere else to go, has been rightly widely criticized for its cruelty. Whizy Kim, refinery29.com, "Why Our Economy Needs International College Students," 11 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of expulsion

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for expulsion

Middle English, from Anglo-French expulsioun, from Latin expulsion-, expulsio, from expellere to expel

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“Expulsion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expulsion. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of expulsion

: the act of forcing someone to leave a place (such as a country or a school) : the act of expelling someone
: the act of forcing something out : the act of expelling something


ex·​pul·​sion | \ ik-ˈspəl-shən How to pronounce expulsion (audio) \

Kids Definition of expulsion

: the act of forcing to leave : the state of being forced to leave

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