To banish someone is to send them away from a place, usually because they have done something wrong. Sometimes people use the word to describe the act of making someone disappear.

  • He banished the dragon by casting a spell on it.

  • The king banished all of the rebels from the kingdom.

Definition of banish


ban from a place of residence, as for punishment




expel, as if by official decree


bar, relegate


expel from a community or group


ban, blackball, cast out, ostracise, ostracize, shun


drive away

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Example Sentences for banish

  • 1

    The exile was to banish all the people.

  • 2

    The state banished the convict.

  • 3

    He was banished into the lonely island.

  • 4

    He was banished to the Isle of Guernsey.

  • 5

    They had to banish the group of people.

  • 6

    Both he and the wrangler were banished.

  • 7

    In the end, he was banished from the square.

  • 8

    It banished the noisome weeds of grosser birth.

  • 9

    They banish the missionaries and let the Ethiopians stay.

  • 10

    To atone for his mistake, the king is banished.