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Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: exil, from Latin exilium, from exul 'person sent away'

exile

1 noun
     
ex‧ile1
1 [singular, uncountable] a situation in which you are forced to leave your country and live in another country, especially for political reasons
in exile
a writer now living in exile
He went into exile to escape political imprisonment.
force/drive somebody into exile
The house was raided and the family was forced into exile.
He spent many years in enforced exile.
voluntary/self-imposed exile
She had been in voluntary exile since 1990.
2 [countable] someone who has been forced to live in exile:
political exiles

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