- expulsion from one's native land by authoritative decree.
- the fact or state of such expulsion: to live in exile.
- a person banished from his or her native land.
- prolonged separation from one's country or home, as by force of circumstances: wartime exile.
- anyone separated from his or her 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 his or her country; expatriate.
- to separate from country, home, etc.: Disagreements exiled him from his family.
Origin of exile
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Examples from the Web for exiling
Is National Review getting better or worse by exiling Sailer and Derbyshire?Today's Question: Fire John Derbyshire?
May 22, 2012
After a little she demanded: What did you mean by exiling me?The White Terror and The Red
Let us beware of imprisoning the nonjurors; of exiling, even of displacing them.History of the Girondists, Volume I
Alphonse de Lamartine
Two later decrees were issued—the first exiling Church officers, the second condemning them to death.The Rise of the Mediaeval Church
Alexander Clarence Flick
So he lived always on the wing, and ended by exiling himself from Sardinia in order to escape the trammels of paternal government.Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece
John Addington Symonds
Have been exiling technicians and photographers to Siberia for making jokes of Soviet science.Solomon's Orbit
- 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
- the Exile another name for Babylonian captivity
Word Origin and History for exiling
c.1300, from Old French essillier "exile, banish, expel, drive off," from Late Latin exilare/exsilare, from Latin exilium/exsilium "banishment, exile," from exul "banished person," from ex- "away" (see ex-) + PIE root *al- "to wander" (cf. Greek alaomai "to wander, stray, or roam about"). Second element derived in ancient times by folk etymology from Latin solum "soil." Related: Exiled; exiling.
c.1300, "forced removal from one's country;" early 14c. as "a banished person;" from Old French exil, essil (12c.), from Latin exilium (see exile (v.)).