banish

To banish is to get rid of. Think very carefully before you banish someone from your group. Someday, you may want that person around again.

Banish rhymes with vanish, which is exactly what happens when you banish someone. Suppose a king, angry with some of his subjects, banishes them. They have to leave the kingdom and vanish — not just go home and wait for the king to change his mind. Banish comes from the Old French word banir, which means “proclaim as an outlaw.” It is serious and absolute. You can see the word ban in banish, but to ban something is not as harsh as banishing it.

Definitions of banish
  1. verb
    expel, as if by official decree
    “he was banished from his own country”
    synonyms: bar, relegate
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    types:
    spike
    stand in the way of
    type of:
    expel, kick out, throw out
    force to leave or move out
  2. verb
    expel from a community or group
    synonyms: ban, blackball, cast out, ostracise, ostracize, shun
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    type of:
    expel, kick out, throw out
    force to leave or move out
  3. verb
    ban from a place of residence, as for punishment
    synonyms: ban
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    types:
    rusticate
    send to the country
    type of:
    expel, kick out, throw out
    force to leave or move out
  4. verb
    drive away
    banish bad thoughts”
    banish gloom”
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    type of:
    chase away, dispel, drive away, drive off, drive out, run off, turn back
    force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings
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