What does exile mean?

Definitions for exile
ˈɛg zaɪl, ˈɛk saɪlex·ile

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. exile, expatriate, expat(noun)

    a person who is voluntarily absent from home or country

    "American expatriates"

  2. exile, deportee(noun)

    a person who is expelled from home or country by authority

  3. exile, deportation, expatriation, transportation(verb)

    the act of expelling a person from their native land

    "men in exile dream of hope"; "his deportation to a penal colony"; "the expatriation of wealthy farmers"; "the sentence was one of transportation for life"

  4. expatriate, deport, exile(verb)

    expel from a country

    "The poet was exiled because he signed a letter protesting the government's actions"

Wiktionary

  1. exile(Noun)

    The state of being banished from one's home or country.

    Etymology: exil, from essil exil, from exsilium, exilium, derived from exsul, exul.

  2. exile(Noun)

    Someone who is banished from one's home or country.

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    Etymology: exil, from essil exil, from exsilium, exilium, derived from exsul, exul.

  3. exile(Verb)

    To send into exile.

    Etymology: exil, from essil exil, from exsilium, exilium, derived from exsul, exul.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exile(noun)

    forced separation from one's native country; expulsion from one's home by the civil authority; banishment; sometimes, voluntary separation from one's native country

    Etymology: [L. exilis.]

  2. Exile(noun)

    the person expelled from his country by authority; also, one who separates himself from his home

    Etymology: [L. exilis.]

  3. Exile(verb)

    to banish or expel from one's own country or home; to drive away

    Etymology: [L. exilis.]

  4. Exile(adj)

    small; slender; thin; fine

    Etymology: [L. exilis.]

Freebase

  1. Exile

    Exile means to be away from one's home, while either being explicitly refused permission to return and/or being threatened with imprisonment or death upon return. It can be a form of punishment and solitude. It is common to distinguish between internal exile, i.e., forced resettlement within the country of residence, and external exile, deportation outside the country of residence. Although most commonly used to describe an individual situation, the term is also used for groups, or for an entire government. Terms such as diaspora and refugee describe group exile, both voluntary and forced, and government in exile describes a government of a country that has been forced to relocate and argue its legitimacy from outside that country. Exile can also be a self-imposed departure from one's homeland. Self-exile is often depicted as a form of protest by the person that claims it, to avoid persecution or legal matters, an act of shame or repentance, or isolating oneself to be able to devote time to a particular thing. Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that, "No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Exile

    eks′īl, or egz′īl, n. state of being sent out of one's native country: expulsion from home: banishment: one away from his native country.—v.t. to expel from one's native country, to banish.—n. Ex′īlement, banishment.—adj. Exil′ic, pertaining to exile, esp. that of the Jews in Babylon. [O. Fr. exil—L. exsilium, banishment—ex, out of, and root of salīre, to leap.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'exile' in Nouns Frequency: #2652

Anagrams for exile »

  1. lexie, Lexie

  2. Lexie

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of exile in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of exile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of exile in a Sentence

  1. Primo Levi:

    The bond between a man and his profession is similar to that which ties him to his country; it is just as complex, often ambivalent, and in general it is understood completely only when it is broken: by exile or emigration in the case of one's country, by retirement in the case of a trade or profession.

  2. Richard von Weizscker:

    Seeking to forget makes exile all the longer the secret of redemption lies in remembrance.

  3. Nicole Lee:

    Project Exile broke black families, this is not a benign thing to be for. These measures were not used against white kids in the suburbs with guns, they were used against black kids in the cities.

  4. Kahil Gibran, Spirits Rebellious:

    They have exiled me now from their society and I am pleased, because humanity does not exile except the one whose noble spirit rebels against despotism and oppression. He who does not prefer exile to slavery is not free by any measure of freedom, truth and duty.

  5. Lois McMaster Bujold:

    Exile, for no other motive than ease, would be the last defeat, with no seed of future victory in it.

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Translations for exile

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  • نفي, منفىArabic
  • һөргөн, һөрөлгәнBashkir
  • заточение, изгнаник, изгнание, заточеник, заточавамBulgarian
  • bandejament, exiliat, bandejat, exiliar, bandejar, exili, desterrament, desterrarCatalan, Valencian
  • vyhnanství, exilCzech
  • Exilant, ins Exil schicken, Exil, exilierenGerman
  • εξορίζω, εξορία, εξόριστοςGreek
  • ekziliEsperanto
  • exiliado, desterrado, exiliar, exilio, destierro, desterrarSpanish
  • maanpako, karkottaa, [[ajaa]] [[maanpakoon]], maanpakolaisuus, maanpakolainenFinnish
  • exil, exiléFrench
  • ballingWestern Frisian
  • deoraíocht, deoraí, díbir, ionnarbIrish
  • fògarrach, deòradh, eilthireachScottish Gaelic
  • exilio, exiliar, desterro, desterrarGalician
  • joarreeaght, joarreeys, eebyrtagh, fogaragh, eebyrtManx
  • גלות, גולה, הגלהHebrew
  • निर्वासनHindi
  • száműzés, száműz, száműzetés, száműzöttHungarian
  • pengasinganIndonesian
  • esiliato, esiliare, esilio, esuleItalian
  • גלותHebrew
  • 亡命, 追放Japanese
  • ablēgātiōLatin
  • exiléierenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • trimdinieks, izraidīt, trimda, izraidījums, izraidītaisLatvian
  • ballingschap, banneling, verbannenDutch
  • exilado, exilar, desterro, exílio, desterrarPortuguese
  • exil, exilare, exilat, exilaRomanian
  • ссыльный, изгнанник, ссылка, изгнаниеRussian
  • ìzgnanīk, prògnanica, izgnànstvo, prògōnstvo, ìzgnanica, prògnanīkSerbo-Croatian
  • exil, landsförvisaSwedish
  • sürgünTurkish
  • xil, xiläbVolapük

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