Banish



to expel from or relegate to a country or place by authoritative decree; condemn to exile:
He was banished to Devil’s Island.
to compel to depart; send, drive, or put away:
to banish sorrow.
Contemporary Examples

Newspaper editorials called on colleges and high schools to banish football outright.
Super Bowl XLVIII Is Set to Be the Most Violent One Yet Evin Demirel January 29, 2014

“The conservative course is not to banish gay people from making such commitments,” Brooks writes.
Gay Marriage’s Right-Wing Brigade The Daily Beast January 9, 2010

He ends partisan gridlock by trying to banish a practice that has become the epitome of partisan gridlock.
Obama’s Congressional Test Michael Tomasky August 9, 2011

They harass, threaten, and banish organizations that defend your right to self-governance.
McCain Blasts Putin in Pravda: He’s Made Russia a ‘Friend to Tyrants’ Josh Rogin September 18, 2013

After a particularly egregious infraction—drunken fisticuffs, for instance—she could banish a customer entirely.
Farewell to New York’s Legendary Restaurateur Lloyd Grove December 2, 2010

Historical Examples

I tried to banish the thought as an absurdity, but was unable to do so.
The Path of Duty, and Other Stories H. S. Caswell

They would banish me, Calderon; banish me in the very prime of my years!
Calderon The Courtier Edward Bulwer-Lytton

I cannot banish from my view the great shame and wrong of slavery.
Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 1 (of 20) Charles Sumner

How easy it is to dereligionise the human race and banish God from the Universe!
The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani

In a place where I constitute society, who is there to banish me?’
The Poison Tree Bankim Chandra Chatterjee

verb (transitive)
to expel from a place, esp by an official decree as a punishment
to drive away: to banish gloom
v.

late 14c., banischen, from banniss-, extended stem of Old French banir “announce, proclaim; levy; forbid; banish, proclaim an outlaw,” from a Germanic source (perhaps Frankish *bannjan “to order or prohibit under penalty”), or from Vulgar Latin cognate *bannire (see bandit). Related: Banished; banishing.

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