Definition of "banish" []

  • To force to leave a country or place by official decree; exile. (verb-transitive)
  • To drive away; expel: We banished all our doubts and fears. (verb-transitive)
  • To expel from a place, esp by an official decree as a punishment (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To drive away (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "banish" in a sentence
  • "In old Mauritania, now Marocco,384 the Moors proper are notable sodomites; Moslems, even of saintly houses, are permitted openly to keep catamites, nor do their disciples think worse of their sanctity for such licence: in one case the English wife failed to banish from the home “that horrid boy.”"
  • "The sad truth was that, for a woman, a hasty word or an embrace—even unwanted—could be enough to tarnish her name and banish her and her family from society."
  • "When the Lord recalls the banish'd, [1415] h199-p1. 7, [1416] h199-p2. 4"