Servitude in the house of a husband, or self-banishment into a convent—these are the sad alternatives presented for her choice.
Here Jack was wasting life in idleness, in self-banishment, in inordinate affections and deceits of the flesh.
None asked her a reason for her self-banishment, none inquired whether the cause of her exile was crime or misfortune.
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.