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self-exile

[self-eg-zahyl, -ek-sahyl, self-]
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noun
  1. a state of exile imposed by oneself.
  2. a person who lives voluntarily as an exile.
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Origin of self-exile

First recorded in 1820–30
Related formsself-ex·iled, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • She contemplated her self-exile from her friends with small joy.

    Marjorie Dean High School Senior

    Pauline Lester

  • More than once, since her self-exile from her companions, Jerry had thought of this.

  • The girl wondered, often, the cause of that self-exile, but no word or sign gave her any clew.

    Told In The Hills

    Marah Ellis Ryan

  • The Archduke John espoused the popular side, and the result was the self-exile of the Prince.

  • His four years' self-exile in Europe, I am told, was a humiliating banishment from the loyal and patriotic.

    A Dream of Empire

    William Henry Venable