(verb) drive away; “banish bad thoughts”; “banish gloom”

banish, relegate, bar

(verb) expel, as if by official decree; “he was banished from his own country”

banish, ban, ostracize, ostracise, shun, cast out, blackball

(verb) expel from a community or group

banish, ban

(verb) ban from a place of residence, as for punishment

Source: WordNet® 3.1



banish (third-person singular simple present banishes, present participle banishing, simple past and past participle banished)

(heading) To send someone away and forbid that person from returning.

(with simple direct object)

(with from)

(dated, with out of)

(archaic, with two simple objects (person and place))

To expel, especially from the mind.


• Bhasin, ash-bin, ashbin, bash in, bashin', nisbah

Source: Wiktionary

Ban"ish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Banished(p. pr. & vb. n. Banishing.] Etym: [OF. banir, F. bannir, LL. bannire, fr. OHG. bannan to summon, fr. ban ban. See Ban an edict, and Finish, v. t.]

1. To condemn to exile, or compel to leave one's country, by authority of the ruling power. "We banish you our territories." Shak.

2. To drive out, as from a home or familiar place; -- used with from and out of. How the ancient Celtic tongue came to be banished from the Low Countries in Scotland. Blair.

3. To drive away; to compel to depart; to dispel. "Banish all offense." Shak.


– To Banish, Exile, Expel. The idea of a coercive removal from a place is common to these terms. A man is banished when he is forced by the government of a country (be he a foreigner or a native) to leave its borders. A man is exiled when he is driven into banishment from his native country and home. Thus to exile is to banish, but to banish is not always to exile. To expel is to eject or banish, summarily or authoritatively, and usually under circumstances of disgrace; as, to expel from a college; expelled from decent society.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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(adjective) slow and apathetic; “she was fat and inert”; “a sluggish worker”; “a mind grown torpid in old age”

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