expulsion

noun

ex·​pul·​sion ik-ˈspəl-shən How to pronounce expulsion (audio)
: the act of expelling : the state of being expelled
expulsive adjective

Example Sentences

The government engaged in mass expulsions. the expulsion of air from the lungs
Recent Examples on the Web Those were swiftly deleted, but Iranian officials called for the U.S. to face punishment, even expulsion from the World Cup, for the act. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 29 Nov. 2022 Those who break the rules are subject to discipline, including expulsion. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Nov. 2022 And hibernation, for all its complexities, is essentially just a very deep form of sleep—a state in which respiration is lowered, appetite is suppressed, and waste expulsion is controlled. Brendan I. Koerner, WIRED, 24 Nov. 2022 Non-residents who commit certain violations can also face expulsion from Russia after 15 days of detention. Astha Rajvanshi, Time, 24 Nov. 2022 The motion to intervene — filed late Monday night by 15 states, all but one led by Republicans — seeks to delay a court order issued last week that would lift the expulsion measure, known as Title 42, on Dec. 21. Miriam Jordan, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Nov. 2022 The motion to intervene seeks to delay a court order that would lift the expulsion measure on Dec. 21. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2022 Plays after Leighton tells the suitemates about Nico’s expulsion, and the opening credit appears on-screen. Leah Campano, Seventeen, 17 Nov. 2022 Of the 107 schools, 56 gave the news organization complete expulsion and suspension data covering all seven years. USA Today, 16 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of expulsion was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Expulsion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expulsion. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

expulsion

noun

ex·​pul·​sion ik-ˈspəl-shən How to pronounce expulsion (audio)
: the act of expelling : the state of being expelled

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