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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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

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Of course, that’s made more difficult by the diplomatic fallout from the poisoning of a former Russian military intelligence officer in the United Kingdom, which has involved mutual diplomatic expulsions and consulate closures. Richard Arnold, Washington Post, "Russia is hosting this year’s World Cup. What could go wrong?," 14 June 2018 And now, the president’s patience has (ostensibly) worn out: On Monday, Trump ordered the expulsion of 60 Russians from the United States, including 12 whom the U.S. government believes to be intelligence officers. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Expels 60 Russian Diplomats Over Nerve-Gas Attack," 26 Mar. 2018 Moscow has ordered the tit-for-tat expulsion from Russia of 23 British envoys and also closed down the British Council, a cultural institute. Laura Smith-spark, CNN, "Russia slams UK's Johnson for comparing Putin with Hitler," 22 Mar. 2018 Colleges usually ask high school students about expulsions and suspensions; often those incidents can make or break whether the student gets into the school. Kate Murphy, Cincinnati.com, "These colleges won't punish your kid for walking out tomorrow," 13 Mar. 2018 Sensing irritation in your nasal passages, your body releases special brain-signaling chemicals that then trigger a convulsive expulsion of air out of the nose and mouth at more than 30 miles per hour. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "It’s 2019: How Are People Still Not Sneezing the Right Way?!?," 8 Feb. 2019 Symptoms of an epidermoid cyst include a small, firm bump under the skin, a visible blackhead at the top of the bump, expulsion of a thick, yellow, smelly material, and possibly redness, swelling, and tenderness, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Tell If That Bump on Your Bikini Line Is an Ingrown Hair," 7 Jan. 2019 The next day, when the expulsions were announced publicly, Trump erupted, officials said. Author: Greg Jaffe, John Hudson, Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his top aides on Russia and lost," 16 Apr. 2018 Potential sanctions for students or employees in these cases include suspension, expulsion and termination. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Experts: University of Kentucky's sexual assault policy may be illegal," 11 July 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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The first known use of expulsion was in the 15th century

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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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