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

Is the GOP becoming a smaller tent where dissent is grounds for banishment?
The GOP’s Liability on the Fringe Howard Kurtz May 7, 2011

Hard to say if the banishment will make any impact on the outcome on the medal stand.
The Olympics Are Already Two Days Old. This Is Your Test. Kevin Bleyer February 8, 2014

It was this bullishness that clashed with Bigelow and Boal, leading to his banishment from the set.
The Pariah of Oscar Weekend Nicole LaPorte March 3, 2010

Nowhere has the banishment of love and passion been more complete than it has in politics.
Mark Sanford Is a Romantic Hero Ben Crair June 25, 2009

While quarantined, she was seemingly powerless to challenge her banishment to a tent in Newark.
Are Mandatory Ebola Quarantines Legal? Tim Mak October 27, 2014

Historical Examples

If a Sudra presumed to sit upon a Brahmin’s carpet, his punishment was banishment.
Charles Sumner; His Complete Works, Volume III (of 20) Charles Sumner

Mademoiselle held the royal warrant of her father’s banishment in her hand.
Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini

Guillem Arnaud was in no way abashed by the banishment of his colleague.
A History of The Inquisition of The Middle Ages; volume II Henry Charles Lea

You must journey on to Pesaro with me despite this banishment of which you have told me.
The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini

He swept away by death or banishment all who opposed his authority or excited his fears.
Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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

c.1500, from banish + -ment.

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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