Exile Definition

ĕgzīl, ĕksīl
exiled, exiles, exiling
The condition or period of being forced to live away from one's native country or home, especially as a punishment.
American Heritage
A person in exile.
Webster's New World
A prolonged living away from one's country, community, etc., usually enforced; banishment, sometimes self-imposed.
Webster's New World
The condition or period of self-imposed absence from one's country or home.
A writer living in exile in protest.
American Heritage
The span of time in exile.
Webster's New World
exiled, exiles, exiling
To send into exile; banish.
The royal family was exiled after the uprising.
American Heritage
To force (someone) to leave his or her own country, community, etc.; banish.
Webster's New World
in exile
  • banished
  • taking refuge

    a government in exile

Webster's New World
the Exile
  • the period in the 6th cent. b.c. during which the Jews were held captive in Babylonia
Webster's New World

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Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Exile

  • in exile
  • the Exile

Origin of Exile

  • Middle English exil, from Old French essil, exil, from Latin exsilium, exilium (“state of exile”), derived from exsul, exul (“exiled person”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English exil from Old French from Latin exilium from exul, exsul exiled person, wanderer

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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