- to expel from or relegate to a country or place by authoritative decree; condemn to exile: He was banished to Devil's Island.
- to compel to depart; send, drive, or put away: to banish sorrow.
Origin of banish
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Examples from the Web for banish
She used electrolysis to banish the prickly hair from her delicate face.Inside A Finishing School for Transwomen
December 27, 2014
When it hits your city, be ready to lockdown your house and banish outside family members, they seem to suggest.Apocalypse Now: Preppers Are Gearing Up for Ebola
October 17, 2014
Forget matters strategic, you may say; banish from your head all thoughts of a military or security handshake.John Kerry Just Visited. But Should We Just Forget About India?
August 3, 2014
Newspaper editorials called on colleges and high schools to banish football outright.Super Bowl XLVIII Is Set to Be the Most Violent One Yet
January 30, 2014
But by attempting so strenuously to banish the doubts and suspicions that had arisen after Nov.The JFK Assassination: The Long Weekend That Never Ended
November 1, 2013
They would banish me, Calderon; banish me in the very prime of my years!Calderon The Courtier
Let me hear the whole affair from Johnson, and then I will banish it from my thoughts.The Field of Ice
It will cost two millions and a half, but it will banish ignorance.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
How easy it is to dereligionise the human race and banish God from the Universe!The Book of Khalid
He got up to banish it, and it stood before him face to face.A Son of Hagar</p>
Sir Hall Caine
- to expel from a place, esp by an official decree as a punishment
- to drive awayto banish gloom
Word Origin and History for banish
late 14c., banischen, from banniss-, extended stem of Old French banir "announce, proclaim; levy; forbid; banish, proclaim an outlaw," from a Germanic source (perhaps Frankish *bannjan "to order or prohibit under penalty"), or from Vulgar Latin cognate *bannire (see bandit). Related: Banished; banishing.