Definition of banish in English:



  • 1 Send (someone) away from a country or place as an official punishment:

    ‘a number of people were banished to Siberia for political crimes’
    • ‘Though he had been in the league two years, he was banished to the bench his second year for fumbling.’
    • ‘A healthy competition between the sexes can also be fun once the young child is banished to bed.’
    • ‘The director had punished this student for some offence by banishing him from school for the day.’
    • ‘My thanks to the wife for banishing me from the house for only seven nights.’
    • ‘So he was telling me that he's banished to Earth to grant three wishes to us humans?’
    • ‘Home boss Allan Evans was banished to the stand as he too fell victim to fraying tempers.’
    • ‘He was banished to desolate Lake Baikal in Siberia to tend sheep for nineteen years.’
    • ‘When the operations failed, she was banished to an outcast village to live with others of her kind.’
    • ‘When I'm banished to my little corner of the loungette with my laptop, I do seven hours of actual writing.’
    • ‘In one of my favourite scenes, the Duke catches an embarrassed Valentine attempting to elope with Silvia and banishes him.’
    • ‘She popped her head out the door to see if her master would allow her to come out or if she was still banished to her room.’
    • ‘Or laws that banish her and her ilk from public places to the dingy sidewalk.’
    • ‘Thinking this to be an insult, the king banishes her from his kingdom.’
    • ‘Coleman was banished to the stand for the second half of the game, which Stanley lost 2-1.’
    • ‘Next you'll be throwing a cross in my face and attempting to banish me from a holy building.’
    • ‘Eighty years ago the Irish people fought a revolution to banish foreign soldiers from our country.’
    • ‘Instead, the emperor stripped Herod of his kingdom and banished him into exile.’
    • ‘He was banished for two years after being sent off in Prague.’
    exile, expel, deport, eject, expatriate, extradite, repatriate, transport
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    1. 1.1 Get rid of (something unwanted):
      ‘all thoughts of romance were banished from her head’
      • ‘She is the epitome of quiet indignation, especially on learning that the smell of cigar smoke will soon be banished from the cigar shop.’
      • ‘Television was banished from the Swinton household some years ago.’
      • ‘One listen to this album, though, and such doubts will be banished from the minds of all but the most cynical of geography buffs.’
      • ‘Yet, though weeds may be banished from the central beds of a formal garden, they were still capable of sturdy growth and a beauty all their own.’
      • ‘Killing for ideology must be banished from our repertoire if we are to live decent lives.’
      • ‘Self-pity and defeatism are quickly banished from his mind whenever they turn up.’
      • ‘Even oysters and mussels are banished from the Singer table.’
      • ‘Voter apathy must be banished from next month's General Election, according to a York-based action group.’
      • ‘If objective truth is banished from view, all that remains is opinion.’
      • ‘They are banished from countertops but then they have their own rules, which don't include mine.’
      • ‘Still, poverty is a fact of life and one that cannot be easily banished from the everyday world.’
      • ‘There's a good reason that it has been banished from the airwaves.’
      • ‘The Bob the Builder CD has been banished from the car and Akra Jr is having to listen to some of Mummy's music for a change.’
      • ‘This discrimination and victimisation must be banished from the system.’
      • ‘Those rickety buses with steel bars sticking out just to load extra numbers should be banished from our roads.’
      • ‘It will ache before the game but once the whistle goes, it will be banished from his mind.’
      • ‘Normal and necessary parts of our diet, such as salt and sugar and fat, have also been re-defined as toxins to be banished from our bodies.’
      • ‘No one on the left is saying that religion must be banished from the public square.’
      • ‘Content is a lure and a delusion, and it should be banished from the classroom.’
      • ‘And so the fear of being a loner was finally banished to the far depths of my mind.’
      dispel, dismiss, disperse, scatter, dissipate, drive away, drive off, chase away, rout, oust, cast out, shut out, get rid of, quell, allay, eliminate, dislodge
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Late Middle English: from Old French baniss-, lengthened stem of banir; ultimately of Germanic origin and related to ban.