- to drive or force out or away; discharge or eject: to expel air from the lungs; to expel an invader from a country.
- to cut off from membership or relations: to expel a student from a college.
Origin of expel
1350–1400; Middle English expellen < Latin expellere to drive out, drive away, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + pellere to push, drive
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2. oust, dismiss, exile, excommunicate.
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Examples from the Web for expelled
Grimm could be forced from office if he is expelled by a two-thirds vote of the House.
Interestingly, if Grimm is expelled, he is not legally prohibited from running in the special election for his seat.
We do know with great precision what happened to the expelled student.Stonewall Jackson, VMI’s Most Embattled Professor
S. C. Gwynne
November 29, 2014
He left, but many other mercenaries stayed, and two years later they were executed or expelled after a mutiny in Stanleyville.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
If you are found by a committee of students to be guilty of violating the Honor Code, you are expelled.How UVA Is Failing Its Women
November 20, 2014
Philothea had listened so earnestly, that for a moment all other thoughts were expelled from her mind.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Now I shall be expelled from college and it is all your fault.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
We fought with Comanches and Crows, and expelled them from the Land.The Trail Book
As already remarked, the solvent is expelled with cold water.
As they did not belong to the mansion, they were expelled by the two little boys.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
- to eject or drive out with force
- to deprive of participation in or membership of a school, club, etc
C14: from Latin expellere to drive out, from pellere to thrust, drive
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Word Origin and History for expelled
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