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[ ban-ish ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to expel from or relegate to a country or place by authoritative decree; condemn to exile:

    He was banished to Devil's Island.

    Synonyms: deport, outlaw, expatriate, exile

  2. to compel to depart; send, drive, or put away:

    to banish sorrow.


/ ˈbænɪʃ /


  1. to expel from a place, esp by an official decree as a punishment
  2. to drive away

    to banish gloom

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Derived Forms

  • ˈbanishment, noun

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Other Words From

  • ban·ish·er noun
  • ban·ish·ment noun
  • self-ban·ished adjective
  • un·ban·ished adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of banish1

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English banisshen, from Anglo-French, Old French baniss-, long stem of banir, from unrecorded Frankish bannjan “to proclaim,” akin to ban 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of banish1

C14: from Old French banir , of Germanic origin; compare Old High German ban

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Example Sentences

He banishes her from the kingdom, penniless—stripped of everything, not even a beaten down energy ETF.

From Fortune

Even after ending his holdout during that season’s trade deadline, he was banished from the team’s practice facility by Bruce Allen, the team’s president at the time.

That doesn’t mean that Kavanaugh is any kind of moderate — his most recent voting rights opinion leaves little doubt that he intends to banish to the sunken place longstanding doctrines protecting the right to vote.

From Vox

Coincidentally, it was also the start of my pregnancy’s morning-sickness hell, which banished all thoughts of denim from my mind.

I recall scurrying around the warren of makeshift media tents in the parking lot under the Convention Center and braving the August heat to report on the protesters banished to a barren, fenced-in parking lot.

She used electrolysis to banish the prickly hair from her delicate face.

When it hits your city, be ready to lockdown your house and banish outside family members, they seem to suggest.

Forget matters strategic, you may say; banish from your head all thoughts of a military or security handshake.

Newspaper editorials called on colleges and high schools to banish football outright.

But by attempting so strenuously to banish the doubts and suspicions that had arisen after Nov.

But, fortunately, they had scant time for repining, and there is nothing like active occupation to banish useless brooding.

That would be fair and manly, and he would consent to it; but let them not banish the constitution from Ireland.

Gilbert strode to the door, but he paused with his hand on the knob, waiting for the last word to recall or banish him.

If I am incredulous, is it possible for me to banish from my mind the reasons which have unsettled my faith?

By satisfying longing for vengeance, he would banish into the impossible all life happiness.


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