What does exile mean?

Definitions for exile
ˈɛg zaɪl, ˈɛk saɪlex·ile

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. exile, expatriate, expatnoun

    a person who is voluntarily absent from home or country

    "American expatriates"

  2. exile, deporteenoun

    a person who is expelled from home or country by authority

  3. exile, deportation, expatriation, transportationverb

    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, exileverb

    expel from a country

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

Wiktionary

  1. exilenoun

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

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

  2. exilenoun

    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. exileverb

    To send into exile.

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

Wikipedia

  1. Exile

    To be in exile means to be away from one's home (i.e. village, town, city, state, province, territory or even country), while either being explicitly refused permission to return or being threatened with imprisonment or death upon return. 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."

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exilenoun

    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. Exilenoun

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

    Etymology: [L. exilis.]

  3. Exileverb

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

    Etymology: [L. exilis.]

  4. Exileadjective

    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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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. lexie, Lexie

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  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. Lois McMaster Bujold:

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

  2. Barack Obama:

    Year after year, an ideological and economic barrier hardened between our two countries, meanwhile, the Cuban exile community in the United States made enormous contributions to our country, in politics, in business, culture and sports.

  3. 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.

  4. Willa Cather:

    Only solitary men know the full joys of frienship. Others have their family but to a solitary and an exile, his friends are everything.

  5. Oliver Hotham:

    Many North Korea watchers had assumed that Kim Kyong Hui had gone into exile or even killed in the wake of her husband's death, so to see her pop up by the leader's side some six years later is certainly a surprise.

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