What does banish mean?

Definitions for banish
ˈbæn ɪʃban·ish

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. banish, ban, ostracize, ostracise, shun, cast out, blackballverb

    expel from a community or group

  2. banish, banverb

    ban from a place of residence, as for punishment

  3. banish, relegate, barverb

    expel, as if by official decree

    "he was banished from his own country"

  4. banishverb

    drive away

    "banish bad thoughts"; "banish gloom"


  1. banishverb

    To send someone away and forbid that person from returning.

  2. banishverb

    To expel, especially from the mind.

    banish fear, qualm.

  3. Etymology: From and bannan, bannanan. Compare to French.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To BANISHverb

    Etymology: banir, Fr. banio, low Lat. probably from ban, Teut. an outlawry, or proscription.

    Oh, fare thee well!
    Those evils thou repeat’st upon thyself,
    Have banish’d me from Scotland. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    It is for wicked men only to dread God, and to endeavour to banish the thoughts of him out of their minds. John Tillotson.

    Successless all her soft caresses prove,
    To banish from his breast his country’s love. Alexander Pope, Odyss.


  1. Banish

    Exile is primarily penal expulsion from one's native country, and secondarily expatriation or prolonged absence from one's homeland under either the compulsion of circumstance or the rigors of some high purpose. Usually persons and peoples suffer exile, but sometimes social entities like institutions (e.g. the papacy or a government) are forced from their homeland. In Roman law, exsilium denoted both voluntary exile and banishment as a capital punishment alternative to death. Deportation was forced exile, and entailed the lifelong loss of citizenship and property. Relegation was a milder form of deportation, which preserved the subject's citizenship and property.The term diaspora describes group exile, both voluntary and forced. "Government in exile" describes a government of a country that has relocated and argues its legitimacy from outside that country. Voluntary exile is often depicted as a form of protest by the person who claims it, to avoid persecution and prosecution (such as tax or criminal allegations), an act of shame or repentance, or isolating oneself to be able to devote time to a particular pursuit. Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that "No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile."


  1. banish

    Banish means to formally or officially expel or force someone to leave a place, particularly as a punishment. It can also refer to completely eliminate or get rid of something such as a thought or feeling.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Banishverb

    to condemn to exile, or compel to leave one's country, by authority of the ruling power

  2. Banishverb

    to drive out, as from a home or familiar place; -- used with from and out of

  3. Banishverb

    to drive away; to compel to depart; to dispel

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Banish

    ban′ish, v.t. to condemn to exile: to drive away: to expel (with from, out of).—n. Ban′ishment, exile. [Fr. bannir—Low L. bannire, to proclaim. See Ban.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Banish is ranked #53802 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Banish surname appeared 384 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Banish.

    96.6% or 371 total occurrences were White.
    1.8% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.5% or 6 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. bash in

  2. bashin'

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of banish in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of banish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of banish in a Sentence

  1. Donica Thomas Varner:

    RACIAL DISPUTE AT BELOVED BAKERY ROILS LIBERAL COLLEGE TOWN The jury also found that the college( not Meredith Raimondo) was guilty of intentional infliction of emotional distress for David Gibson, David Gibson, as well as libel and intentional infliction of emotional distress onhis son. Donica Thomas Varner, the colleges general counsel, said Donica Thomas Varner was disappointed with the verdict and denied the college had defamedthe bakery or its owners. Neither Oberlin College nor Dean Meredith Raimondo defamed a local business or Oberlin College owners, and they never endorsed statements made by others, rather, the college and Dr. Raimondo worked to ensure that students freedom of speech was protected and that the student demonstrations were safe and lawful, and they attempted to help the plaintiffs repair any harm caused by the student protests. AS OBERLIN ACTIVISM FLARED, STUDENTS PUSHED TO BANISH GRADES BELOW C According to one ofthe bakerys attorneys, the verdict sendsa clear message to other educational institutions. I think part of what we did here today is answer the question as to, What are we going to tolerate in our society ?

  2. Agnes Repplier:

    It is impossible for a lover of cats to banish these alert, gentle, and discriminating friends, who give us just enough of their regard and complaisance to make us hunger for more.

  3. Michel de Montaigne:

    When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind.

  4. Diogenes the Cynic (412 to 323 B.C.):

    If only it was as easy to banish hunger by rubbing the belly as it is to masturbate.

  5. Suzanne Nossel:

    While we think of book bans as the work of individual concerned citizens, our report demonstrates that today's wave of bans represents a coordinated campaign to banish books being waged by sophisticated, ideological and well-resourced advocacy organizations.

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