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Banishment


BAN'ISHMENT, noun The act of a prince or government, compelling a citizen to leave his country, either for a limited time or forever, as for some crime.

2. A voluntary forsaking of one's country upon oath, called abjuration. [This practice has now ceased in G.Britain.]

3. The state of being banished; exile.

4. The act of driving away or dispelling; as the banishment of care from the mind.