ex·​pul·​sion | \ik-ˈspəl-shən \

Definition of expulsion 

: the act of expelling : the state of being expelled

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expulsive \ik-​ˈspəl-​siv \ adjective

Examples of expulsion in a Sentence

The government engaged in mass expulsions. the expulsion of air from the lungs

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The case led to the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Britain, the United States, and other countries, and tit-for-tat retaliation by Moscow. BostonGlobe.com, "2 more in England exposed to same nerve agent that sickened spy," 8 July 2018 The case led to the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Britain, the United States, and other countries. Washington Post, "UK official reassures residents in poisoning case," 8 July 2018 The poisoning of the former Russian spy and his daughter in the U.K., which Western leaders said was carried out by Moscow, led to the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats from the U.S.—the largest by the U.S. since the Cold War. Michael C. Bender, WSJ, "The Art of the Handshake: How Trump’s Syria Alliance Came Together," 16 Apr. 2018 The poisoning dispute has led to severe tensions between Russia and the West, and to the expulsions of hundreds of diplomats between them. Jill Lawless And Danica Kirka, chicagotribune.com, "Chemical watchdog says former Russian spy, daughter poisoned by nerve agent," 12 Apr. 2018 Russia has denied the allegation, but the anger of the incident has led to a mass expulsion of Russian diplomats from countries aligned with Britain. Time, "The Poisoned Daughter of a Russian Ex-Spy Has Been Released From Hospital, British Media Says," 10 Apr. 2018 That led to the coordinated expulsions of more than 150 Russian diplomats by British allies including the U.S., Canada, Australia and European nations. Alex Morales, Bloomberg.com, "Poisoned Russian Spy Sergei Skripal ‘Improving Rapidly,’ Hospital Says," 6 Apr. 2018 The ambassador also objected to the expulsion from Britain and other countries of Russian diplomats who were accused of being intelligence operatives operating under diplomatic cover. Oren Dorell, USA TODAY, "Russia's ambassador to Britain: Russia 'never produced Novichok'," 5 Apr. 2018 Foreign banks are at risk of fines and even expulsion from the U.S. financial system if caught handling transactions for the group. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "U.S. Ramps Up Sanctions on Hezbollah as Part of Iran Pressure," 13 Nov. 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of expulsion

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

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