- 1The state of being barred from one’s native country, typically for political or punitive reasons: he knew now that he would die in exileMore example sentences
- Success meant the Norwegians would have a legitimate government in exile and a reason to fight on.
- Notions of reason and absurdity, exile and homeland have always framed South African art production.
- Deeply attached to his native land, he died in exile in France.
- 1.1 [count noun] A person who lives away from their native country, either from choice or compulsion: the return of political exilesMore example sentences
- The return of many former exiles has also boosted the economy of the region.
- Two million Zimbabwean exiles, refugees, and economic migrants put a strain on the South African economy.
- He pardoned more than 1,000 political prisoners and allowed exiles to return.
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- Expel and bar (someone) from their native country, typically for political or punitive reasons: a corrupt dictator who had been exiled from his country (as adjective exiled) supporters of the exiled KingMore example sentences
- Elected President in 1927, he at once imprisoned or exiled his political opponents.
- He was exiled in 1915 for political activities and ended his days as an ordained member of the Sagha.
- So I don't know what would be achieved by exiling him.
Middle English: the noun partly from Old French exil 'banishment' and partly from Old French exile 'banished person'; the verb from Old French exiler; all based on Latin exilium 'banishment', from exul 'banished person'.