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

v expel, as if by official decree

“he was banished from his own country”
Synonyms:
bar, relegate
Types:
spike
stand in the way of
Type of:
expel, kick out, throw out
force to leave or move out

v expel from a community or group

Synonyms:
ban, blackball, cast out, ostracise, ostracize, shun
Type of:
expel, kick out, throw out
force to leave or move out

v ban from a place of residence, as for punishment

Synonyms:
ban
Types:
rusticate
send to the country
Type of:
expel, kick out, throw out
force to leave or move out

v drive away

banish bad thoughts”
banish gloom”
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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