transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French baniss-, stem of banir, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German bannan to command — more at ban Date: 14th century 1. to require by authority to leave a country 2. to drive out or remove from a home or place of usual resort or continuance 3. to clear away ; dispel <
his discovery banishes anxiety — Stringfellow Barr
banisher nounbanishment noun Synonyms: banish, exile, deport, transport mean to remove by authority from a state or country. banish implies compulsory removal from a country not necessarily one's own <
banished for seditious activities
. exile may imply compulsory removal or an enforced or voluntary absence from one's own country <
a writer who exiled himself for political reasons
. deport implies sending out of the country an alien who has illegally entered or whose presence is judged inimical to the public welfare <
illegal aliens will be deported
. transport implies sending a convicted criminal to an overseas penal colony <
a convict who was transported to Australia

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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