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Line breaks: ban¦ish
Pronunciation: /ˈbanɪʃ

Definition of banish in English:


[with object]
1Send (someone) away from a country or place as an official punishment: a number of people were banished to Siberia for political crimes
More example sentences
  • When I'm banished to my little corner of the loungette with my laptop, I do seven hours of actual writing.
  • Coleman was banished to the stand for the second half of the game, which Stanley lost 2-1.
  • A healthy competition between the sexes can also be fun once the young child is banished to bed.
exile, expel, deport, eject, expatriate, extradite, repatriate, transport;
cast out, oust, drive away, evict, throw out, exclude, shut out, ban;
Christianity excommunicate;
in ancient Greeceostracize
1.1Get rid of (something unwanted): all thoughts of romance were banished from her head
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  • She is the epitome of quiet indignation, especially on learning that the smell of cigar smoke will soon be banished from the cigar shop.
  • Normal and necessary parts of our diet, such as salt and sugar and fat, have also been re-defined as toxins to be banished from our bodies.
  • Even oysters and mussels are banished from the Singer table.
dispel, dismiss, disperse, scatter, dissipate, drive away, drive off, chase away, rout, oust, cast out, shut out, get rid of, quell, allay, eliminate, dislodge


late Middle English: from Old French baniss-, lengthened stem of banir; ultimately of Germanic origin and related to ban1.



Example sentences
  • She deals with themes of banishment, rejection and blurred sexual preference both symbolically and directly with an evocative skill.
  • If Dante hadn't been thrown out of Florence into banishment, into political impotence, there wouldn't be a Divine Comedy.
  • But Stewart's banishment was permanent when he was shown the red card for apparently stamping on an opponent towards the end of today's match.

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