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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The 'sin bin' as used in rugby, is a temporary expulsion from the pitch, after committing a serious foul. SI.com, "5 Weird and Wonderful Laws From Other Sports That Should Be Implemented in Football," 31 July 2019 Jakiw Palij’s expulsion, at President Donald Trump’s urging, came 25 years after investigators first accused Palij of lying about his wartime past to get into the U.S. Michael R. Sisak, The Seattle Times, "US deports 95-year-old ex-Nazi guard to Germany," 21 Aug. 2018 The madness resulted in a match default, reinstatement, expulsion of a chair umpire and fan behavior that bordered on riotous. New York Times, "A Night to Remember at the U.S. Open," 22 Aug. 2019 The expulsions reflect rising anti-refugee sentiment in a country that once flung open its borders to millions of Syrians fleeing civil war. Washington Post, "As warm welcome chills, Turkey clamps down on Syrians," 21 Aug. 2019 The third demand is the right of return for Palestinian refugees—now more than seven million people—following mass expulsion when Israel was created in 1948. Adam Rasmi, Quartz, "Why Israel has banned two US congresswomen, explained," 16 Aug. 2019 In a first obtained by the Salt Lake Tribune, Huntsman said he was honored by the trust Trump placed in him ‘‘during this historically difficult period in bilateral relations’’ that has included expulsions and forced departures of his staff. Lindsay Whitehurst, BostonGlobe.com, "US-Russia ambassador Jon Huntsman stepping down," 6 Aug. 2019 The Democrats say Maine has the second-highest rate of preschool student expulsion in the country, and that causes disruptions in the education of the children. USA TODAY, "‘Molly of Denali,’ saloon discourse, ashes by mail: News from around our 50 states," 10 July 2019 But the four panels of officers charged with reviewing the cases, known as boards of inquiry, ruled that the men’s conduct was not severe enough to merit expulsion. Megan Rose, ProPublica, "Trump Keeps Talking About the Last Military Standoff With Iran — Here’s What Really Happened," 24 June 2019

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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 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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