Definition of exile in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈɛksʌɪl
, ˈɛgz-/


[mass noun]


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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 King
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    • 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.
    expel, banish, expatriate, deport, ban, bar; drive out, throw out, cast out, eject, oust, outlaw; uproot, separate; extradite; Christianity excommunicate
    historical transport, displace
    in ancient Greece ostracize


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'.

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