Banishment Ban"ish*ment, n. [Cf. F. bannissement.] The act of banishing, or the state of being banished. [1913 Webster]

He secured himself by the banishment of his enemies. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

Round the wide world in banishment we roam. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Expatriation; ostracism; expulsion; proscription; exile; outlawry. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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