- a city in S California, near Los Angeles.
- 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
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Antonyms for ban
Related Words for banningprohibit, bar, halt, prevent, suppress, outlaw, restrict, exclude, proscribe, inhibit, curse, blackball, disallow, interdict, enjoin, banish, illegalize
Examples from the Web for banning
Contemporary Examples of banning
Inside Higher Ed opened the question of banning frats in September after some schools began suspending fraternity activities.
The idea of banning fraternities has been swirling around for the entirety of 2014.
On the other hand, right-wing activists have lately said, banning displays interferes with the exercise of religion.In Florida, ’Tis The Season for Satan
December 7, 2014
“Banning the burqa” is really just a matter of public security and common sense.Abu Dhabi Stabbing: Why Law Enforcement Hates The Niqab & Burqa
December 3, 2014
Many countries have now gone as far as banning exotic animals from circus arenas to prevent such monstrosities.How the Circus Got a Social Conscience
November 7, 2014
Historical Examples of banning
I beetled it down to the nearest phone and got hold of my BANning number.A Spaceship Named McGuire
Gordon Randall Garrett
A demand was made for the excommunication of the translator and the banning of his work.Greece
White to the lips, Banning saluted, and executed the orders.
Banning suggested a sortie in force to intimidate the Dyaks.
She said, "Banning, do you know what a Jane Austen villain is?"A World Apart
Samuel Kimball Merwin
- (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
Word Origin and History for banning
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.).