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Topic: CITIZENSHIP

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: banir

banish

verb
     
ban‧ish [transitive]
1 to not allow someone or something to stay in a particular place
banish somebody/something from/to something
I was banished to a distant corridor.
2PGC to send someone away permanently from their country or the area where they live, especially as an official punishment [= exile]
banish somebody from/to
Thousands were banished to Siberia.
3 literary to try to stop thinking about something or someone
banish the memory/thought/image etc (of somebody/something)
They tried to banish the memory from their minds.
banishment noun [uncountable]
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