banish meaning

[ 'bæniʃ ] Pronunciation:   "banish" in a sentence
Verb: banish  banish
  1. Expel from a community or group
    - ban, ostracize, ostracise [Brit], shun, cast out, blackball 
  2. Ban from a place of residence, as for punishment
    - ban 
  3. Expel, as if by official decree
    "he was banished from his own country"
    - relegate, bar 
  4. Drive away
    "banish bad thoughts"; "banish gloom"

Derived forms: banished, banishes, banishing

See also: banishment

Type of: chase away, dispel, drive away, drive off, drive out, expel, kick out, run off, throw out, turn back

Encyclopedia: Banish


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  1. you will banish these ghastly thoughts.
  2. do you really care for me enough, then to banish those chill fancies?
  3. the king wanted to stop his wages; he even wanted to banish him, but i interfered.
  4. he went off to endeavour to banish the thoughts which occupied him, whatever those thoughts might be.
  5. if we could banish all such preconceptions when we read, that would be an admirable beginning.

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