- plural of ban4.
- to prohibit, forbid, or bar; interdict: to ban nuclear weapons; The dictator banned all newspapers and books that criticized his regime.
- to pronounce an ecclesiastical curse upon.
- to curse; execrate.
- the act of prohibiting by law; interdiction.
- informal denunciation or prohibition, as by public opinion: society's ban on racial discrimination.
- a proclamation.
- a public condemnation.
- Ecclesiastical. a formal condemnation; excommunication.
- a malediction; curse.
Origin of ban1
Synonyms for ban
Antonyms for ban
- a public proclamation or edict.
- bans, Ecclesiastical. banns.
- (in the feudal system)
- the summoning of the sovereign's vassals for military service.
- the body of vassals summoned.
Origin of ban2
- (formerly) the governor of Croatia and Slavonia.
- History/Historical. a provincial governor of the southern marches of Hungary.
Origin of ban3
- a Romanian coin, the 100th part of a leu.
Origin of ban4
Related Words for baniembargo, restriction, refusal, injunction, prohibition, boycott, censorship, prohibit, bar, halt, prevent, suppress, outlaw, restrict, exclude, proscribe, proscription, stoppage, interdiction, limitation
Examples from the Web for bani
Contemporary Examples of bani
Bani Walid had become a center for fugitives from justice.
But they admitted many hardcore Bani Walid fighters had slipped away during the night.
The already existent ill will between the two tribes increased last year when Bani Walid sided with Gaddafi during the uprising.
The United Nations has expressed concern about the assault on Bani Walid, 105 miles from Tripoli.
For three days, Bani Walid has come under withering Grad rocket barrages.
Historical Examples of bani
There are no good authorities for the war at Muraisi with the Bani Mustalik.
The war of Basús has been already alluded to under Bani Bakr.
Zerbanitum, as though compounded of zer (seed), and bani (create).The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria
Then the women interfered, and Bani went away for a few days.Mashi and Other Stories
He lived by chewing one pice worth of gram and lodged the rest of his earnings with a bani.Chaitanya's Life And Teachings
Krishna das Kaviraja
- the plural of ban 3
- (tr) to prohibit, esp officially, from action, display, entrance, sale, etc; forbidto ban a book; to ban smoking
- (tr) (formerly in South Africa) to place (a person suspected of illegal political activity) under a government order restricting his movement and his contact with other people
- archaic to curse
- an official prohibition or interdiction
- law an official proclamation or public notice, esp of prohibition
- a public proclamation or edict, esp of outlawry
- archaic public censure or condemnation
- archaic a curse; imprecation
Word Origin for ban
- (in feudal England) the summoning of vassals to perform their military obligations
Word Origin for ban
- a monetary unit of Romania and Moldova worth one hundredth of a leu
Word Origin for ban
Old English bannan "to summon, command, proclaim," from Proto-Germanic *bannan "proclaim, command, forbid" (cf. Old High German bannan "to command or forbid under threat of punishment," German bannen "banish, expel, curse"), originally "to speak publicly," from PIE root *bha- (2) "to speak" (cf. Old Irish bann "law," Armenian ban "word;" see fame (n.)).
Main modern sense of "to prohibit" (late 14c.) is from Old Norse cognate banna "to curse, prohibit," and probably in part from Old French ban, which meant "outlawry, banishment," among other things (see banal) and was a borrowing from Germanic. The sense evolution in Germanic was from "speak" to "proclaim a threat" to (in Norse, German, etc.) "curse."
The Germanic root, borrowed in Latin and French, has been productive, e.g. banish, bandit, contraband, etc. Related: Banned; banning. Banned in Boston dates from 1920s, in allusion to the excessive zeal and power of that city's Watch and Ward Society.
"governor of Croatia," from Serbo-Croatian ban "lord, master, ruler," from Persian ban "prince, lord, chief, governor," related to Sanskrit pati "guards, protects." Hence banat "district governed by a ban," with Latinate suffix -atus. The Persian word got into Slavic perhaps via the Avars.
"edict of prohibition," c.1300, "proclamation or edict of an overlord," from Old English (ge)bann "proclamation, summons, command" and Old French ban, both from Germanic; see ban (v.).