They were expatriated because of their political beliefs.
An example of a an expatriate is a Canadian who has moved from Canada to be married and employed in the United States.
An example of expatriate used as an adjective is the phrase expatriate artists which means a group of French artists living in Germany.
An example of to expatriate is for a U.S. citizen to flee the U.S. and live in Canada.
Origin of expatriate
- Medieval Latin expatriāre expatriāt- Latin ex- ex- Latin patria native land (from patrius paternal) (from pater father pəter- in Indo-European roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From French expatrier, from ex- (“out of”) + patrie (“native land”)