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ban1

[ban] /bæn/
verb (used with object), banned, banning.
1.
to prohibit, forbid, or bar; interdict:
to ban nuclear weapons; The dictator banned all newspapers and books that criticized his regime.
2.
Archaic.
  1. to pronounce an ecclesiastical curse upon.
  2. to curse; execrate.
noun
3.
the act of prohibiting by law; interdiction.
4.
informal denunciation or prohibition, as by public opinion:
society's ban on racial discrimination.
5.
Law.
  1. a proclamation.
  2. a public condemnation.
6.
Ecclesiastical. a formal condemnation; excommunication.
7.
a malediction; curse.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English bannen, Old English bannan to summon, proclaim; cognate with Old Norse banna to curse (probably influencing some senses of ME word), Old High German bannan; akin to Latin fārī to speak, Sanskrit bhanati (he) speaks
Related forms
bannable, adjective
unbanned, adjective
Can be confused
band, banned.
Synonyms
1. taboo, outlaw, proscribe. 3. prohibition, proscription, interdict. 3, 4. taboo.
Antonyms
1. allow.
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British Dictionary definitions for un banned

ban1

/bæn/
verb bans, banning, banned
1.
(transitive) to prohibit, esp officially, from action, display, entrance, sale, etc; forbid: to ban a book, to ban smoking
2.
(transitive) (formerly in South Africa) to place (a person suspected of illegal political activity) under a government order restricting his movement and his contact with other people
3.
(archaic) to curse
noun
4.
an official prohibition or interdiction
5.
(law) an official proclamation or public notice, esp of prohibition
6.
a public proclamation or edict, esp of outlawry
7.
(archaic) public censure or condemnation
8.
(archaic) a curse; imprecation
Word Origin
Old English bannan to proclaim; compare Old Norse banna to forbid, Old High German bannan to command

ban2

/bæn/
noun
1.
(in feudal England) the summoning of vassals to perform their military obligations
Word Origin
C13: from Old French ban, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German ban command, Old Norse bannban1

ban3

/bæn/
noun (pl) bani (ˈbɑːnɪ)
1.
a monetary unit of Romania and Moldova worth one hundredth of a leu
Word Origin
from Romanian, from Serbo-Croat bān lord
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Word Origin and History for un banned

ban

v.

Old English bannan "to summon, command, proclaim," from Proto-Germanic *bannan "proclaim, command, forbid" (cf. Old High German bannan "to command or forbid under threat of punishment," German bannen "banish, expel, curse"), originally "to speak publicly," from PIE root *bha- (2) "to speak" (cf. Old Irish bann "law," Armenian ban "word;" see fame (n.)).

Main modern sense of "to prohibit" (late 14c.) is from Old Norse cognate banna "to curse, prohibit," and probably in part from Old French ban, which meant "outlawry, banishment," among other things (see banal) and was a borrowing from Germanic. The sense evolution in Germanic was from "speak" to "proclaim a threat" to (in Norse, German, etc.) "curse."

The Germanic root, borrowed in Latin and French, has been productive, e.g. banish, bandit, contraband, etc. Related: Banned; banning. Banned in Boston dates from 1920s, in allusion to the excessive zeal and power of that city's Watch and Ward Society.

n.

"edict of prohibition," c.1300, "proclamation or edict of an overlord," from Old English (ge)bann "proclamation, summons, command" and Old French ban, both from Germanic; see ban (v.).

"governor of Croatia," from Serbo-Croatian ban "lord, master, ruler," from Persian ban "prince, lord, chief, governor," related to Sanskrit pati "guards, protects." Hence banat "district governed by a ban," with Latinate suffix -atus. The Persian word got into Slavic perhaps via the Avars.

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Encyclopedia Article for un banned

ban

former Hungarian title denoting a governor of a military district (banat) and later designating a local representative of the Hungarian king in outlying possessions, e.g., Bosnia and Croatia. Originally a Persian word, ban was introduced into Europe by the Avars. The Kingdom of Yugoslavia, divided into banovine, or provinces, revived the title and office of ban in October 1929 and used it until the German-Italian invasion of April 1941.

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