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Another word for banish

  1. To force to leave a country or place by official decree

      1. To move or carry (goods, for example) from one place to another; convey.
      2. To cause to feel strong emotion, especially joy; carry away; enrapture.
      3. To send abroad to a penal colony; deport.
      1. To exclude from a group or society:
      2. To banish by ostracism, as in ancient Greece.
      1. To force or drive out:
      2. To discharge from or as if from a receptacle:
      3. To deprive of membership or rights in an organization; force to leave:
      1. To send into exile:
      2. To remove (oneself) from residence in one's native land.
      3. To give up residence in one's homeland.
      1. The condition or period of being forced to live away from one's native country or home, especially as a punishment.
      2. The condition or period of self-imposed absence from one's country or home:
      3. One who lives away from one's native country, whether because of expulsion or voluntary absence.
      1. To expel from a country:
      2. To behave or conduct (oneself) in a given manner; comport.
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  2. To rid one's mind of

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Another word for banish

  1. To condemn to exile

  2. To remove completely

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Synonym Study

  • Ostracize , which historically referred to temporary banishment of a citizen in ancient Greece by popular vote, today implies forced exclusion from society or a certain group by general consent ostracized for scandalous behavior
  • To transport , in this connection, is to banish (a convict) to a penal colony
  • To deport is to send (an alien) out of the country, because the alien either entered unlawfully or is regarded as undesirable
  • Expatriate suggests more strongly voluntary exile and often implies the acquiring of citizenship in another country
  • Exile implies compulsion to leave one's own country, either because of a formal decree or through force of circumstance
  • Banish implies removal from a country (not necessarily one's own) as a formal punishment