Definition of banish in English:



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

    ‘they were banished to Siberia for political crimes’
    • ‘He was banished to desolate Lake Baikal in Siberia to tend sheep for nineteen years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was banished for two years after being sent off in Prague.’
    • ‘My thanks to the wife for banishing me from the house for only seven nights.’
    • ‘Next you'll be throwing a cross in my face and attempting to banish me from a holy building.’
    • ‘When the operations failed, she was banished to an outcast village to live with others of her kind.’
    • ‘A healthy competition between the sexes can also be fun once the young child is banished to bed.’
    • ‘In one of my favourite scenes, the Duke catches an embarrassed Valentine attempting to elope with Silvia and banishes him.’
    • ‘When I'm banished to my little corner of the loungette with my laptop, I do seven hours of actual writing.’
    • ‘Instead, the emperor stripped Herod of his kingdom and banished him into exile.’
    • ‘Or laws that banish her and her ilk from public places to the dingy sidewalk.’
    • ‘Coleman was banished to the stand for the second half of the game, which Stanley lost 2-1.’
    • ‘Thinking this to be an insult, the king banishes her from his kingdom.’
    • ‘Eighty years ago the Irish people fought a revolution to banish foreign soldiers from our country.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Though he had been in the league two years, he was banished to the bench his second year for fumbling.’
    • ‘The director had punished this student for some offence by banishing him from school for the day.’
    exile, expel, deport, eject, expatriate, extradite, repatriate, transport
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    1. 1.1Forbid, abolish, or get rid of (something unwanted)
      ‘it's perfectly feasible to banish the smoke without banning smoking’
      ‘all thoughts of romance were banished from her head’
      • ‘No one on the left is saying that religion must be banished from the public square.’
      • ‘They are banished from countertops but then they have their own rules, which don't include mine.’
      • ‘Those rickety buses with steel bars sticking out just to load extra numbers should be banished from our roads.’
      • ‘This discrimination and victimisation must be banished from the system.’
      • ‘Self-pity and defeatism are quickly banished from his mind whenever they turn up.’
      • ‘Voter apathy must be banished from next month's General Election, according to a York-based action group.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Content is a lure and a delusion, and it should be banished from the classroom.’
      • ‘She is the epitome of quiet indignation, especially on learning that the smell of cigar smoke will soon be banished from the cigar shop.’
      • ‘If objective truth is banished from view, all that remains is opinion.’
      • ‘Still, poverty is a fact of life and one that cannot be easily banished from the everyday world.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Television was banished from the Swinton household some years ago.’
      • ‘It will ache before the game but once the whistle goes, it will be banished from his mind.’
      • ‘One listen to this album, though, and such doubts will be banished from the minds of all but the most cynical of geography buffs.’
      • ‘And so the fear of being a loner was finally banished to the far depths of my mind.’
      • ‘Killing for ideology must be banished from our repertoire if we are to live decent lives.’
      • ‘Even oysters and mussels are banished from the Singer table.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There's a good reason that it has been banished from the airwaves.’
      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.