expulsion from one's native land by authoritative decree.
the fact or state of expulsion from one's native land by authoritative decree: She had to live in exile.
a person banished from their native land.
prolonged separation from one's country or home, such as by force of circumstances: Many will suffer wartime exile.
anyone separated from their country or home voluntarily or by force of circumstances.
the Exile, the Babylonian captivity of the Jews, 597–538 b.c.
to expel or banish (a person) from their country; expatriate.
to separate from country, home, etc.: Disagreements exiled him from his family.
- ex·il·a·ble, adjective
- ex·il·er, noun
- quasi-exiled, adjective
- un·ex·iled, adjective
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How to use exile in a sentence
It’s a story about Ireland and exile and carrying the ghosts of family and home through time.Gabriel Byrne’s ‘Walking with Ghosts’ is a revelation in unexpected ways | Keith Donohue | January 12, 2021 | Washington Post
Michael then abandoned his profession and left the country, heading for England and a life of permanent, hopefully peaceful, exile.‘Eddie’s Boy,’ by Thomas Perry, continues the saga of a retired hit man who can’t escape his past | Bill Sheehan | November 29, 2020 | Washington Post
That fear has been significantly reduced since Gammeh’s defeat and subsequent exile.
Some exiles who used their wits to enter America were collaborators, even war criminals.They survived World War II — but were left stranded in Germany | Steven Roberts | October 30, 2020 | Washington Post
For one, they’re without their head coach-in-exile, Dan Hughes, after he wasn’t approved, for medical reasons, to enter the bubble.The Seattle Storm Have Been Here Before. Can The Las Vegas Aces Break Through? | Howard Megdal | October 2, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
A twinned, imagined narrative of a fictitious Fidel Castro and a Miami exile intent on assassinating him.
After Olympic boxer Guillermo Rigondeux defected, his family suffered a form of domestic exile.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind | Brin-Jonathan Butler | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Both the Republicans in Congress and the American-Cuban community in exile have been speaking out against the warming relations.
He was eventually allowed to leave, but he was forced to resign as ambassador and now lives in Washington, effectively in exile.Pakistan’s Dance With Terrorists Just Backfired and Killed 132 Children | Chris Allbritton | December 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Instead of wallowing in comedy exile, Slate was earning a book deal.The Curious Little Shell That Restarted Jenny Slate’s Career | Luke Hopping | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The foster-child remained behind to share the hut of the political exile.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
The exile and the maiden, in short, fell in love with each other, and they mutually vowed never to be parted but by force.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
He accordingly betook himself to London, where he had social resources which would, perhaps, make exile endurable.Confidence | Henry James
He never returned, but died in England on June 3, 1780, an unhappy and a homesick exile from the country which he loved.The Eve of the Revolution | Carl Becker
The exile too, far from home and kindred smokes on as he muses of happier hours gone never to return.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
British Dictionary definitions for exile (1 of 2)
a prolonged, usually enforced absence from one's home or country; banishment
the expulsion of a person from his native land by official decree
a person banished or living away from his home or country; expatriate
to expel from home or country, esp by official decree as a punishment; banish
- exilic (ɛɡˈzɪlɪk, ɛkˈsɪlɪk) or exilian, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for Exile (2 of 2)
the Exile another name for Babylonian captivity
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