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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Banish  \Ban"ish\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Banished}(?);  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Banishing}.]  [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. 
 
  Syn:  To  {Banish},  {Exile},  {Expel}. 
 
  Usage:  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. 




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