Word Origin for Banish:
The word banish came into English through the old French word, banir, which means “levy; forbid; banish, proclaim an outlaw”.
The way to learn this word is pretty straightforward actually. Just remember the word ‘ban’. Banish means to ban someone permanently.
Meanings of Banish:
1. To expel from a country or place officially, that is condemn to exile.
2. To force someone to leave; send; banish
Words related to Banish: Exile, expatriate, deport and extradite
These verbs have a common theme: to send away from a country or state or place. When we banish/exile/deport etc. someone from a country, what do we mean exactly? Well, these words carry a subtle difference, as explained below:
Banish:Banish means to forced departure affected by official decree.
Example: In earlier times, United Kingdom used to banish convicted criminals from its land.
Exile: means leave a country; one may leave by one’s own wish or maybe forced to leave because of the circumstance.
Example: The former ruler of country had to live the last few years of his life in exile, as his country was ravaged by civil war.
Expatriate: again refers to a departure from country, but this is generally voluntary in nature.
Deport: refers to the act of expelling someone from a country.
Example: The foreigner, on charges of entering the country illegally, was deported to his country.
Extradite: refers to the handing over of an accused or convicted person to the authorities of another country (having jurisdiction over him or her).
Quote Examples for Banish
1. Troubles are only mental; it is the mind that manufactures them, and the mind can gorge them, banish them, abolish them.- Mark Twain
2. I know, to banish anger altogether from one’s breast is a difficult task. It cannot be achieved through pure personal effort. It can be done only by God’s grace.-Mohandas Gandhi
3. Measure your health by your sympathy with morning and spring. If there is no response in you to the awakening of nature –if the prospect of an early morning walk does not banish sleep, if the warble of the first bluebird does not thrill you –know that the morning and spring of your life are past. Thus may you feel your pulse.- Henry David Thoreau
4. The task must be to banish from mankind’s thought the idea that anybody has the right to use force against righteousness, against justice, against mutual agreements. -Alexander Solzhenitsyn