• WordNet 3.6
    • v banish drive away "banish bad thoughts","banish gloom"
    • v banish expel, as if by official decree "he was banished from his own country"
    • v banish expel from a community or group
    • v banish ban from a place of residence, as for punishment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: President Eisenhower also banished squirrels from the grounds because they were ruining the green.
    • Banish To condemn to exile, or compel to leave one's country, by authority of the ruling power. "We banish you our territories."
    • Banish To drive away; to compel to depart; to dispel. "Banish all offense."
    • Banish To drive out, as from a home or familiar place; -- used with from and out of. "How the ancient Celtic tongue came to be banished from the Low Countries in Scotland."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Czar Paul 1 banished soldiers to Siberia for marching out of step.
    • banish To outlaw; put under ban.
    • banish To condemn to exile by political or judicial authority; expel from or relegate to a country or a place, either permanently or for a time: often with objectives of both person and place: as, he was banished the kingdom; Ovid was banished to Tomi.
    • banish To send or drive away; expel; dismiss: with a person or thing as object: as, to banish sorrow; to banish an obnoxious person from one's presence or thoughts.
    • banish Synonyms Banish, Exile, Expel, expatriate, put away, are all used of removal by physical or moral compulsion; they all have a figurative as well as a literal use. To banish is, literally, to put out of a community or country by ban or civil interdict, and indicates a complete removal out of sight, perhaps to a distance. To exile is simply to cause to leave one's place or country, and is often used reflexively; it emphasizes the idea of leaving home, while banish emphasizes rather that of being forced by some authority to leave it: as, the bitterness of exile; banished to Siberia. Expel, literally, to drive out, means primarily to cast out forcibly and violently, and secondarily with disgrace: as, to expel from the chamber, or from college; he was expelled the country.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Banish ban′ish to condemn to exile: to drive away: to expel (with from, out of)
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  • Sir William Watson
    Sir William Watson
    “And must I wholly banish hence these red and golden juices, and pay my vows to Abstinence, that pallidest of Muses?”
  • David Sarnoff
    David Sarnoff
    “We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by standing in awe of death.”
  • Francesco Petrarch
    Francesco Petrarch
    “Five enemies of peace inhabit with us -- avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.”
  • St. John of the Cross
    St. John of the Cross
    “Abide in peace, banish cares, take no account of all that happens, and you will serve God according to his good pleasure and rest in him.”
  • Basil Bunting
    Basil Bunting
    “But their determination to banish fools foundered ultimately in the installation of absolute idiots.”
  • Seneca
    “Night brings our troubles to the light, rather than banishes them.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. banir, F. bannir, LL. bannire, fr. OHG. bannan, to summon, fr. ban, ban. See Ban an edict, and Finish (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. bannir—Low L. bannire, to proclaim. See Ban.


In literature:

Teed accepted his banishment with poor grace, but a magnificent determination to come back and graduate.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
That is where your disaster occurred that caused you to be banished to the one-horsed station of Ainsley.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
Which latter only are to be banished from ideal form.
"Modern Painters Volume II (of V)" by John Ruskin
It will cost two millions and a half, but it will banish ignorance.
"Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle" by H. N. Brailsford
He had resolutely banished all thought save that of navigation.
"Wild Oranges" by Joseph Hergesheimer
Coriolanus in glory, Coriolanus in disaster, Coriolanus banished, followed like giant shades one after the other.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
Accepting the point of view advanced by the chair, the miners decided that the two thieves should be whipped and banished from camp.
"Gold" by Stewart White
She had never possessed a confidante other than a company of dolls, now banished as too juvenile companions.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 7" by Various
In a word, devotion is only calculated to fill the heart with a bitter rancor, that banishes peace and harmony from society.
"Letters to Eugenia" by Baron d'Holbach
To banish poverty, is to banish want.
"Solaris Farm" by Milan C. Edson

In poetry:

Why waste thought,
When I know them vanished
Under earth; yea, banished
Ever into nought.
"St Launce's Revisited" by Thomas Hardy
Christmas eve has vanished
With its shadows gray;
All its griefs are banished
By bright Christmas day.
"A Christmas Chant" by Abram Joseph Ryan
My sweetheart's image was with me,
Whichever way I went,
It banished all temptations,
And gave me good intent.
"My Sweetheart" by Frank Barbour Coffin
And this our grandest mission,
And this our purest worth;
To banish superstition,
The blackest curse on earth.
"The Spirits for Good" by Henry Lawson
We come with peace and reason,
We come with love and light,
To banish black self-treason
And everlasting night.
"The Spirits for Good" by Henry Lawson
Take me under your wing,
be my mother, my sister.
Take my head to your breast,
my banished prayers to your nest.
"Take Me Under Your Wing" by Hayyim Nahman Bialik

In news:

2 Players Banished For Breaking Code.
5K race or 2-mile walk along scenic Hadley farmland, with music by Banish Misfortune, local food and wildlife exhibits.
Other companies say they don't dare banish faxes — too many clients insist on them — but they would like to soon.
Dan Flamingo had been banished from Hollywood.
Elk banished after forbidden love.
Greedy voters banished from Chumbolone Nation.
The person who banished guacamole into the "appetizer" realm clearly never stepped into the Guadalajara Grill.
Banish video games for a month for each "F".
Hard-core libertarian strives to banish Democrats from his life.
Elk banished from 100 Mile Ranch B.C.
Middle and high school students in Jordan -Elbridge will be treated Friday, Oct 19 to a special assembly, Banishing.
Lake Superior State's 2011 list of banished words.
Lake Superior State University's 2011 list of banished words.
Published a list of banished words, just for the heck of it.
Ghosts of mediocrity banished with Kent State's victory.

In science:

This idea that what a person does in one place could act instantly affect physical reality in a faraway place is a mind-boggling notion, and it was banished from classical physics by Einstein’s theory of relativity.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
As the ultimate in self-reference, we would like to mention Kripke’s theory of truth that he used to banish self-referential paradoxes.
A Universal Approach to Self-Referential Paradoxes, Incompleteness and Fixed Points
He does not define a limited class of worlds in which there is no difference (i.e. from which the (Stat)/(Rot) distinction is banished).
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Banishing divergence Part 1: Infinite numbers as the limit of sequences of real numbers.
Banishing divergence Part 1: Infinite numbers as the limit of sequences of real numbers
The value of a0 required to banish DM from rich clusters of galaxies is about a factor of two larger than that fitted to data for disk galaxies (Sanders & McGaugh 2002 and references therein).
Dark Matter in Galaxies: Conference Summary