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exile

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1 the forced removal from a homeland
  • The exile of French settlers from Nova Scotia resulted in the birth of the Cajun community in the U.S.
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2 a person forced to emigrate for political reasons
  • After being overthrown in a coup, the dictator spent the remainder of his life as an exile in a string of less-than-welcoming countries.
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exile

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to force to leave a country
  • With their conquest of the Moors complete, Ferdinand and Isabella next exiled the Jews from Spain.
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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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