• WordNet 3.6
    • n banishment rejection by means of an act of banishing or proscribing someone
    • n banishment the state of being banished or ostracized (excluded from society by general consent) "the association should get rid of its elderly members--not by euthanasia, of course, but by Coventry"
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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.
    • n Banishment The act of banishing, or the state of being banished. "He secured himself by the banishment of his enemies.""Round the wide world in banishment we roam."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Czar Paul 1 banished soldiers to Siberia for marching out of step.
    • n banishment The act of banishing or compelling a citizen to leave his country or place of residence by political or judicial authority.
    • n banishment The state of being banished; enforced absence; expulsion; exile, in either a legal or a general sense: as, banishment from thy presence is worse than death.
    • n banishment The act of driving away or dispelling: as, the banishment of care from the mind.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Banishment exile
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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
Cf. F. bannissement,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. bannir—Low L. bannire, to proclaim. See Ban.


In literature:

Executions, proscriptions, banishments, followed without number.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
Gladness from the world will vanish, And from earth will song be banished.
"Kalevala, Volume I (of 2)" by Anonymous
It banished the smile and made him pause.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
That scatter-brained boy, this new Czar, has banished me.
"Vera" by Oscar Wilde
He had banished, or destroyed, during-his reign, about a million of his subjects, and those who remained did not respect him.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
Emperor Iturbide, who felt his throne tottering beneath him, retired, and was banished from Mexico with an annuity.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Restore him to truth, and to reason; banish the cup from his mouth, and change the brute into the man.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
Mazarin, therefore, did not hesitate; but on the day following Beaufort's arrest, Chateauneuf, Montresor, and St. Ybar were banished.
"Political Women (Vol. 1 of 2)" by Sutherland Menzies
Banish us, banish the Government.
"The Peace Negotiations" by J. D. Kestell
A curious coldness crept into her eyes and entirely banished the young look from her face.
"Captain Desmond, V.C." by Maud Diver

In poetry:

Amidst those ever-shining skies,
Behold the sacred Dove!
While banished sin and sorrow flies
From all the realms of love.
"Hymn 33" by Isaac Watts
Banished to woods and a sickly moon,
Shrunk to mere bogey things,
Who spoke with thunder once at noon
To prostrate kings.
"Outlaws" by Robert Graves
How much to-night I’d give to win
A banished peace—an old repose;
But here I sit, and sigh, and sin
When no one knows.
"At Dusk" by Henry Kendall
'Tis the intangible
Delicate frangible
Secret of mist,
Breathing may banish it,
Thought may evanish it,--
Ponder and whist!
"Mist And Frost" by Duncan Campbell Scott
His heart is false and foul,
His words are smooth and fair;
Wisdom is banished from his soul,
And leaves no goodness there.
"Psalm XXXVI: High in the Heav'ns" by Isaac Watts
Now no more I doubt or wait,
All my fears are vanished,
Summer’s coming, dear, though late,
Fogs and frosts are banished.
"To K.M.D." by James Clerk Maxwell

In news:

Knipling, whose revolutionary approach to agricultural pest control helped banish the once fearsome screwworm, died on March 17 at his home in Arlington, Va.
Banished briefly by Sadat, he later worked to promote better ties with the Mubarak regime to help Christians.
The dreams of banishment he had every night, when he would wake up startled and sweating, are gone now.
SEVERAL years ago, my family banished brisket from our Seder.
A new sheik reigns over the snug kingdom of Shouk (622 S. Sixth St,� 215-627-3344), and the first thing he did was banish the meat.
LOS ANGELES—A man upset that he was banished from a fetish club's swinger parties was sentenced to 56 years to life in prison Thursday for murdering the club's owner, killing a dog and then torching the building.
A man upset that he was banished from a fetish club's swinger parties was sentenced to 56 years to life in prison Thursday for murdering the club's owner, killing a dog and then torching the building.
I've absolutely had it with stupid, ridiculous, non-nonsensical rules, whereby the people drafting the code should be banished to that island that Tom Hanks was stranded on for four years in the movie "Castaway".
Williams returns from his nine-game, NFL-mandated banishment next month.
Watch Banish Every Bulge Workout in the Fitness Magazine Video.
Middle and high school students in Jordan-Elbridge will be treated Friday, Oct 19 to a special assembly, Banishing.
Some New York City residents are protesting a plan to banish a statue long derided as sexist to Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery .
Queens residents are protesting the city's plans to banish a controversial sculpture to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn — which would be the.
All is not well in Neverland, but banish all thoughts of Michael Jackson.
Banish Boredom from the Classroom .

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