When someone is punished by being made to leave a particular place, it's called banishment. If your new puppy chews up another of your dad's shoes, it may mean banishment to the backyard.

In the old days, banishment was a common punishment for serious crimes — exiling someone from their town or village was shameful, leaving them estranged from their family and community. One particularly well-known banishment occurs in the Bible, when Adam and Eve are banished from the Garden of Eden. Today it's more common to use this word in a less serious way: "My banishment from the kitchen was inevitable after I broke three glasses in a row."

Definitions of banishment
  1. noun
    rejection by means of an act of banishing or proscribing someone
    synonyms: proscription
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    anathematisation, anathematization
    the formal act of pronouncing (someone or something) accursed
    the act of expelling a lawyer from the practice of law
    ejection, exclusion, expulsion, riddance
    the act of forcing out someone or something
    deportation, exile, expatriation, transportation
    the act of expelling a person from their native land
    excision, excommunication
    the act of banishing a member of a church from the communion of believers and the privileges of the church; cutting a person off from a religious society
    mild banishment; consignment to an inferior position
    banishment into the country
    the act of throwing someone or something out of a window
    the expulsion of a non-citizen from a country
    the act of excluding someone from society by general consent
    barring, blackball
    the act of excluding someone by a negative vote or veto
    ouster, ousting
    the act of ejecting someone or forcing them out
    type of:
    the act of rejecting something
  2. noun
    the state of being banished or ostracized (excluded from society by general consent)
    synonyms: Coventry, ostracism
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    the state of being excluded
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