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3 definitions found
 for Banish
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Banish \Ban"ish\ (b[a^]n"[i^]sh), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Banished
     (b[a^]n"[i^]sht); p. pr. & vb. n. Banishing.] [OF. banir,
     F. bannir, LL. bannire, fr. OHG. bannan to summon, fr. ban
     ban. See Ban an edict, and Finish, v. t.]
     1. To condemn to exile, or compel to leave one's country, by
        authority of the ruling power. "We banish you our
        territories." --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. To drive out, as from a home or familiar place; -- used
        with from and out of.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              How the ancient Celtic tongue came to be banished
              from the Low Countries in Scotland.   --Blair.
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     3. To drive away; to compel to depart; to dispel. "Banish all
        offense." --Shak.
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     Syn: To Banish, Exile, Expel.
  
     Usage: The idea of a coercive removal from a place is common
            to these terms. A man is banished when he is forced by
            the government of a country (be he a foreigner or a
            native) to leave its borders. A man is exiled when he
            is driven into banishment from his native country and
            home. Thus to exile is to banish, but to banish is not
            always to exile. To expel is to eject or banish
            summarily or authoritatively, and usually under
            circumstances of disgrace; as, to expel from a
            college; expelled from decent society.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  banish
      v 1: expel from a community or group [syn: banish, ban,
           ostracize, ostracise, shun, cast out, blackball]
      2: ban from a place of residence, as for punishment [syn:
         banish, ban]
      3: expel, as if by official decree; "he was banished from his
         own country" [syn: banish, relegate, bar]
      4: drive away; "banish bad thoughts"; "banish gloom"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  47 Moby Thesaurus words for "banish":
     ban, blackball, blacklist, boycott, bump, can, cashier, cast out,
     cut, debar, deport, discharge, disfellowship, dismiss, displace,
     drive away, drive out, eject, evict, exclude, excommunicate, exile,
     expatriate, expel, extradite, fire, fugitate, lag, ostracize, oust,
     outlaw, proscribe, put out, reject, relegate, run out, rusticate,
     sack, send away, send down, send to Coventry, shut out, snub,
     spurn, thrust out, transport, turn out
  
  

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