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banish

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1 to force to leave a country
  • in the old days, criminals were sometimes banished to distant lands

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2 to drive or force out
  • permanently banished the troublemakers from the youth recreational center

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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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The first known use of banish was in the 14th century

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“Banish.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/banish. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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