If you are exiled from a place, you must leave and not return. Such punishment is called exile. For example, after he was removed from power, Napoleon lived in exile on the island of Elba.

The verb exile comes from the Old French word essillier, meaning “banish,” “expel,” or “drive off.” However, some people who live in exile do so happily — and voluntarily — like American citizens in exile in Paris. Don't confuse being exiled with being banned: exile is for countries. If you cause trouble at a restaurant, you might be banned from returning, not exiled.

Definitions of exile

n the act of expelling a person from their native land

“men in exile dream of hope”
deportation, expatriation, transportation
Babylonian Captivity
the deportation of the Jews to Babylonia by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BC
Type of:
banishment, proscription
rejection by means of an act of banishing or proscribing someone

n a person who is expelled from home or country by authority

Type of:
alien, foreigner, noncitizen, outlander
a person who comes from a foreign country; someone who does not owe allegiance to your country

n a person who is voluntarily absent from home or country

expat, expatriate
an exile who flees for safety
remittance man
an exile living on money sent from home
DP, displaced person, stateless person
a person forced to flee from home or country
Type of:
one that is absent or not in residence

v expel from a country

“The poet was exiled because he signed a letter protesting the government's actions”
deport, expatriate
admit back into the country
Type of:
expel, kick out, throw out
force to leave or move out

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