- to expel from or relegate to a country or place by authoritative decree; condemn to exile: He was banished to Devil's Island.
- to compel to depart; send, drive, or put away: to banish sorrow.
Origin of banish
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Examples from the Web for self-banishment
Here Jack was wasting life in idleness, in self-banishment, in inordinate affections and deceits of the flesh.The Cup of Trembling and Other Stories
Mary Hallock Foote
Servitude in the house of a husband, or self-banishment into a convent—these are the sad alternatives presented for her choice.The Bible
John E. Remsburg
None asked her a reason for her self-banishment, none inquired whether the cause of her exile was crime or misfortune.The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. II (of II)
Charles James Lever
- to expel from a place, esp by an official decree as a punishment
- to drive awayto banish gloom
Word Origin and History for self-banishment
late 14c., banischen, from banniss-, extended stem of Old French banir "announce, proclaim; levy; forbid; banish, proclaim an outlaw," from a Germanic source (perhaps Frankish *bannjan "to order or prohibit under penalty"), or from Vulgar Latin cognate *bannire (see bandit). Related: Banished; banishing.