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banish

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of banish

  1. 1 to force to leave a country in the old days, criminals were sometimes banished to distant lands Synonyms of banish deport, displace, exile, expatriate, relegate, transport Words Related to banish cast out, dismiss, eject, eliminate, evict, exclude, expel, expulse, kick out, oust, run out, throw out; excommunicate, ostracize, reject, repudiate, spurn; dispossess Near Antonyms of banish naturalize, repatriate; accept, admit, receive, take in; entertain, harbor, house, shelter

  2. 2 to drive or force out permanently banished the troublemakers from the youth recreational center Synonyms of banish eject, boot (out), bounce, cast out, chase, dismiss, drum (out), expel, extrude, kick out, oust, out, rout, run off, throw out, turf (out) [chiefly British], turn outWords Related to banish deforce, deport, displace, dispossess, evict, exile, expatriate, ostracize, read out, shut out; ax (or axe), can, cashier, defenestrate, discharge, fire, muster out, pink-slip, release, remove, retire, sack, terminateNear Antonyms of banish accept, admit, receive, take, take in; welcome; entertain, harbor, house, lodge, shelter

Synonym Discussion of banish

banish, exile, deport, transport mean to remove by authority from a state or country. banish implies compulsory removal from a country not necessarily one's own.
    • banished for seditious activities
exile may imply compulsory removal or an enforced or voluntary absence from one's own country.
    • a writer who exiled himself for political reasons
deport implies sending out of the country an alien who has illegally entered or whose presence is judged inimical to the public welfare.
    • illegal aliens will be deported
transport implies sending a convicted criminal to an overseas penal colony.
    • a convict who was transported to Australia


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