Definition of banish in English:


Syllabification: ban·ish
Pronunciation: /ˈbaniSH


[with object]
  • 1Send (someone) away from a country or place as an official punishment: they were banished to Siberia for political crimes
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    • 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, ostracize, extradite, repatriate, transport; cast out, oust, evict, throw out, exclude, shut out, ban
  • 1.1Forbid, abolish, or get rid of (something unwanted): it’s perfectly feasible to banish the smoke without banning smoking 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, chase away, shut out, quell, allay



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  • 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.


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

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