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Definition to expel or get rid of
in various senses, including:
  • to force someone to leave a country as punishment
  • to push an idea from the mind
  • He was banished from his own country.
banished = forced to leave
  • I tried to banish the thought from my mind.
  • banish = get rid of
  • You must banish all doubt from your mind.
  • banish = get rid of
  • Romeo is banished.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • banished = forced to leave the community
  • I was banished from the living room when they came, but listened all the same, sitting on the steps in the darkened foyer.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • banished = expelled (kicked out or not permitted in)
  • He wants you banished from Pakistan.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • banished = expelled or gotten rid of
  • The miserable knot in his chest loosened slightly with the relief of Knowing he was not yet definitely expelled, though his fears were by no means banished.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • banished = eliminated (gone entirely)
  • They were supposed to be practicing the opposite of the Summoning Charm today — the Banishing Charm.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • banishing = getting rid of something
  • The priest banished him from church, where he rarely went anyway.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • banished = expelled (or told him he was not welcome to come)
  • Chen's death cast a pall over the mountain as rumors of the accident spread from tent to tent, but thirty-three climbers would be departing for the summit in a few short hours, and the gloom was quickly banished by nervous anticipation of what lay ahead.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • banished = eliminated (gotten rid of)
  • Tybalt is dead, and Romeo banished.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • banished = expelled from the community
  • The coaches who had come to Briarcrest to woo Michael Oher also had trouble banishing him from their thoughts.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • banishing = eliminating (getting rid of)
  • To be banished from this place seemed really unfair.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • banished = expelled (kicked out)
  • When that control was violated—or perceived to have been violated—Luma's reflex, it seemed, was to banish the violator.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • banish = expel or get rid of
  • But were you banish'd for so small a fault?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • banish'd = expelled (forced to leave) from a country or community
    (editor's note: This is more commonly spelled banished.)
  • Do you know that men are sometimes banished for life?
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • banished = expelled or gotten rid of
  • Maybe he had a girlfriend who really believed he would come back .... But then I think of Rue's still body and I'm able to banish the boy from my mind.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • banish = eliminate (get rid of)
  • As soon as he signed on, however, all thoughts of geometry were banished.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • banished = expelled or gotten rid of (from his mind)
  • But talk banished the somberness.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • him keep with, the rest banish.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
banish = expel or get rid of — especially a person from a country or community

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