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banish

[ban-ish] /ˈbæn ɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to expel from or relegate to a country or place by authoritative decree; condemn to exile:
He was banished to Devil's Island.
2.
to compel to depart; send, drive, or put away:
to banish sorrow.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English banisshen < Anglo-French, Old French baniss-, long stem of banir < Frankish *bannjan to proclaim, akin to ban1
Related forms
banisher, noun
banishment, noun
nonbanishment, noun
probanishment, adjective
self-banished, adjective
self-banishment, noun
unbanished, adjective
Synonyms
1. exile, expatriate, outlaw; deport.
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British Dictionary definitions for banish

banish

/ˈbænɪʃ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to expel from a place, esp by an official decree as a punishment
2.
to drive away: to banish gloom
Derived Forms
banishment, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French banir, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German ban
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Word Origin and History for banish
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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