Pronunciation Verb

banish (banishes, present participle banishing; past and past participle banished)

  1. (heading) To send someone away and forbid that person from returning.
    1. (with simple direct object)
      If you don't stop talking blasphemies, I will banish you.
    2. (with from)
      He was banished from the kingdom.
    3. (dated, with out of)
    4. (archaic, with two simple objects (person and place))
      • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
        , II.10:
        he never referreth any one unto vertue, religion, or conscience: as if they were all extinguished and banished the world […].
      • 1796, Matthew Lewis, The Monk, Folio Society, 1985, p.190:
        Then yours she will never be! You are banished her presence; her mother has opened her eyes to your designs, and she is now upon her guard against them.
  2. To expel, especially from the mind.
    banish fear, qualm.
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